In-Hospital Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Teasdale, Thomas A.
Luchi, Robert J.
JAMA. 1988 Oct 14; 260(14): 2069-2072.
A review of 399 resuscitation efforts in 329 patients within one year at the Houston Veterans Administration Medical Center indicated that an age of 70 years or greater is associated with poor outcome after in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Basing their conclusions on a detailed analysis of the methods and results of their study, the authors argue that CPR should be reserved for those who have a reasonable chance of survival until discharge, while admitting that the definition of this standard will vary. They recommend that patients 70 years or older, and patients with cancer or sepsis, should be identified as candidates for CPR only after considerable reflection by families and clinicians. (KIE abstract)
Age Factors; Aged; Cancer; Chronically Ill; Decision Making; Evaluation; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Life; Males; Methods; Morbidity; Mortality; Patient Care; Patients; Prognosis; Public Hospitals; Quality of Life; Resource Allocation; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Review; Selection for Treatment; Statistics; Survey;
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