CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

A guest blog post by Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead - Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health (Melbourne)

  • 9 June 2020
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CPR discussions and decisions: a necessary part of medical treatment planning

Discussions about CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) are difficult because they confront the person with death. However, when cardiac arrest occurs there is no time to ponder the pros and cons of CPR or to discuss this with the person’s substitute medical treatment decision-maker. Dr Barbara Hayes, Clinical Lead in Advance Care Planning and Palliative Care Consultant at Northern Health, discusses the importance of increasing awareness of CPR decision-making prior to acute illness and why discussions and decisions are a necessary part of medical treatment planning.