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Half of ambulance trusts have no record of terminally ill patients’ end of life wishes

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5015 (Published 05 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5015
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Half of ambulance trusts in England and Wales do not record patients’ decisions on the end of life care treatment they wish to receive, a new report has found.

The report, from the charity Compassion in Dying,1 found “considerable variation” in recording the treatment preferences of patients nearing the end of life, such as “do not attempt resuscitation” decisions. It also found that only four trusts had formal systems in place for patients not nearing the end of life. The …

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