CPR is brutal and usually fails

by | Apr 3, 2017 | Health, News

CPR should not be used as a synonym for its more widely used umbrella term “resuscitation”, which can mean giving someone who is severely dehydrated a few bags of intravenous fluid via a drip to make them better. Or, if someone is anaemic and has lost blood, a blood transfusion constitutes a form of resuscitation. None of this is CPR, which sits at the most extreme end of the resuscitative treatment scale.

As a palliative care consultant working in NHS hospitals, I have seen a great number of deaths that involved CPR. CPR can be a traumatic experience, not just for the recipient, but also for their loved ones and the healthcare professionals administering it. In the unlikely event of a palliative patient actually surviving CPR, they typically will not regain consciousness and if they do, they are in severe pain from the impact of the procedure on their body. To read the article The Guardian