Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Blog on "Futile CPR"

Practical Ethics
October 27, 2010

Debates about the definition of futility miss the crucial ethical point. There are only two ultimate reasons for doctors to decline to provide treatment that a patient believes would benefit them.

The first is a paternalistic judgment that treatment would be contrary to the patient’s interests, it would harm them. The second is on the basis of insufficient resources.


Blog: Break my bones, but don’t let me die! Should doctors provide ‘futile’ CPR?
Podcast: Futile CPR. Always Wrong?, Rosemary Flanigan, 13 minutes 16 seconds



Anonymous CPR Training DVD said...

It raises an interesting thought. Who decides what is futile? I believe life is worth fighting for and if CPR training can help me save a life then I want to be ready to offer it. Better to try and fail than wonder "what if"

Thursday, November 25, 2010  

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