CPR and device therapy at the end of life

Miriam Johnson, Karen Hogg, James Beattie and Max Watson

in Heart Failure

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Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199299300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740787 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Specialist Handbooks

CPR and device therapy at the end of life

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Issues around cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and device therapy can become complex in end stage heart failure. There may be unrealistic expectations from patient and clinician regarding what can be achieved, and difficulty in knowing when, how and if to initiate discussions. In addition, there may be uncertainty amongst patients, caregivers and clinicians with regard to what treatments patients can request. This chapter summarises these issues and provides a base from which to address them within the context of current GMC guidelines.

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Subjects: Palliative Medicine ; Cardiovascular Medicine

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