Clinical updates: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation - should it be opt-in?
A controversial proposal to end cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the
“universal default” for hospital inpatients and replace it with an
opt-in system has generated heated debate among doctors and lawyers. In a
“For debate” article published on 28 July by the MJA, Associate
Professor Michele Levinson, head of the Cabrini-Monash Department of
Medicine and research fellow Dr Amber Mills, challenged the idea that
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was a patient’s right, arguing that
“a CPR discussion should occur on admission for all elderly hospital
inpatients”. Story link.