Resuscitation decision making and older people
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Resuscitation decision making and older people

Irene Schofield Research Fellow, Caledonian Research Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, Glasgow Caledonian University
Roger Watson Professor of Nursing, University of Hull

Public expectations of the success of resuscitation have been raised in recent years. However, reality does not always match these expectations. Media attention has highlighted the fact that decisions about resuscitation have, in the past, sometimes been ad hoc and not backed by strict protocol. This article draws attention to the issues and suggests how nurses may improve their skills in helping patients and families decide whether a resuscitation attempt is appropriate.

Nursing Older People. 14, 5, 22-26. doi: 10.7748/nop2002.

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