Published: 24th June 2014
This CMF submission responds to a consultation document by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board that seeks to clarify a consistent practice for 'do not attempt resuscitation' decisions. We suggest that evidence-based survival prospects, not subjective value-of-life criteria, should guide the decision-making process. Clinician prejudice, the awkward discomfort of difficult discussions, and the awareness of the shortage of organs for transplantation, can all influence the decision to assign DNACPR orders and we recommend some amendments to the proposal to minimize this risk.
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