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Letters Letting go

Time to rethink CPR

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5566
  1. P J Horsey, retired consultant anaesthetist, Southampton1
  1. 1Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6RH
  1. horsey{at}

    My wife and I decided years ago that in the event of our apparently having a cardiac arrest, in no circumstance would we permit cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). On a recent admission to hospital I lodged a signed statement to this effect—or …

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