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Views from the forum on resuscitation decisions

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Views from the forum on resuscitation decisions.

Views from the forum on resuscitation decisions

- The consultant doctor has ultimate responsibility so why should we take on this role? I hate it when you have to start resus on someone who is obviously dead and you know it’s futile. If a doctor says: ‘I think we should call it a day’, I wonder what would happen if someone said: ‘No, I think we should continue.’ Nloup

- Nurses make the decision a lot of the time anyway. It’s the doctors who formally make it but, let’s face it, we are the ones who generally say if a resus should be attempted. Lisa90

- We are pretty good at resus. It’s just the outcome that is poor. Lying in a vegetative state being suctioned and washed – is that success? At least we should be active in asking patients what they would like. Families are usually devastated when they see the result of a ‘successful’ resus. Chestnut


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