Inside Health and Do Not Resuscitate

Radio 4 Inside Health today - these are the references I used for the column.CPR on television - miracles and misinformation NEJM 1996
Survival in cancer patients undergoing in-hospital cardiopulmonary
resuscitation: A meta-analysis, Resuscitation, 2006 <>

The Influence of the Probability of Survival on Patients' Preferences
Regarding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - New England
Journal of Medicine,

 Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic
Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer
New England Journal of Medicine 2011
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2 Responses to “Inside Health and Do Not Resuscitate”

  1. Margaret January 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi . I was listing to you talk on radio 4 and it is a long time since I heard anyone talk such sence at last someone who excepts that we die, and that it is not always ‘right ‘ that we are kept alive when if we don’t want to.
    We should also have the ‘right to die, with dignaty’ I hope to have the right to leave this life when I want and not at someone elses whim. I don’t expect help with this but I also don’t expect some do gooder to intervien and save my life. I will make sure there is a DNR in all my folders.

    Thank you for puting over the situation so reasonably, it’s the best I have heard in along time. We are all going to die why not get use to the idea.
    PS sorry for the spelling.

  2. Margaret McCartney
    margaretmccartney January 18, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    don’t apologise. Thanks for writing. These kinds of issues are difficult but so important. Glad you liked the column.