Survival after Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Bernard lo, William Strull, Laurie Dornbrand, Dan Aderka, Samuel Sclarovsky, Jack Pinkhas, Louis R.M. Del Guercio, Susanna E. Bedell, Thomas L. Delbanco, Francis E. Cook, Franklin H. Epstein

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Abstract

To the Editor: Bedell and associates have conducted an important study (Sept. 8 issue)1 and have found that certain medical conditions were associated with a poor prognosis after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Their data may provide a basis for deciding whether to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, since physicians have no obligation to give care that is futile.2 We are concerned, however, that they did not analyze whether treatment was given for potentially reversible conditions. Variations in such treatment may have confounded their conclusions about prognosis. For example, if mechanical ventilation or intensive care was withheld from patients with metastatic cancer, then their poor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-464
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Volume310
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Feb 1984
Externally publishedYes

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