Ethics and Medico Legal Aspects of "Not for Resuscitation"
Salins, Naveen Sulakshan
Pai, Sachin Gopalakrishna
Indian journal of palliative care 2010 May; 16(2): 66-9
Not for resuscitation in India still remains an abstract concept with no clear guidelines or legal frame work. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a complex medical intervention which is often used inappropriately in hospitalized patients and usually guided by medical decision making rather than patient-directed choices. Patient autonomy still remains a weak concept and relatives are expected to make this big decision in a short time and at a time of great emotional distress. This article outlines concepts around ethics and medico legal aspects of not for resuscitation, especially in Indian setting.
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