Prognosis and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in elderly patients

Allan S. Jaffe, William M. Landau, Adrian Wagg, Kevin Stewart, Mark Kinirons, Declan Lyons, Desmond O'neill, Riona Mulcahy, Donald J. Murphy, David Burrows, Sara Santilli

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To the Editor: Dr. Murphy and his colleagues (Feb. 24 issue)1 substantiate the fact that elderly patients both understand the implications of prognostic information concerning the results of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and are willing to alter their preferences in response to it. Such studies support the position that we can eliminate the presumption of consent for CPR and instead allow individual patients to make their own informed choices. However, we suggest that the pie chart shown in their Figure 1 should be modified to deal forthrightly with the risk of neurologic disability for patients who do survive resuscitation. In our.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-480
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume331
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 18 1994

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Jaffe, A. S., Landau, W. M., Wagg, A., Stewart, K., Kinirons, M., Lyons, D., O'neill, D., Mulcahy, R., Murphy, D. J., Burrows, D., & Santilli, S. (1994). Prognosis and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in elderly patients. New England Journal of Medicine, 331(7), 479-480. https://doi.org/10.1056/NEJM199408183310714