The Role Of CPR In End-Of-Life Care?

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What is the role of CPR in end-of-life care vis a vis life support? This has got to be one of the most fundamental questions that individuals in such a situation will ask. Should CPR be administered in place of life support? If so, what are the benefits of doing so? It is understandable for the patient to want to give their input as far as such a major decision is concerned. Some patients opt to follow the recommendations of their physicians, but at the end of the day, knowledge is power. Getting the right information is critical to making the right decision. Let us look at some of the options available for the patient in such a scenario.

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–          There are two options available as far as the role of CPR in end-of-life care is concerned. The first is to get CPR and be placed on a ventilator in the event that the heart stops functioning. The use of the ventilator is what is commonly referred to as life support.

–          The second option is not to receive any CPR or life support in case the heart stops working.

This is a tough decision, so it is important to remember the following key factors:

–          The provision of CPR in end-of-life care is paramount if you are a firm believer that everything within the doctor’s capacity must be done to save your life. If, on the other hand, you believe in natural process of death, this is not an option that you may consider.

–          The process of CPR does not always work, but increases an individual’s chance of survival. In fact, the older one is and the more severe their sickness, the lower the likelihood that CPR will work.

–          Even with the provision of CPR, there is the likelihood that the patient may suffer damage in the brain that will create a number of complications. Some patients fail to regain their ability to talk well as well as take proper care of themselves so that they will need someone to assist them with what they would normally be able to do.

–          When you opt not to receive CPR in end-of-life care, it is important to note that this does not mean you will not receive health care as the medical team will strive to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible.

With that in mind, how does one make their decision known, that is, whether or not they would want CPR in end-of-life care? Before making this decision, it is crucial to understand the implications of your choice on your health. If you do not prefer to have CPR done, ask your physician to make an order that indicates ‘Do not resuscitate’. The reason why this is important is that it allows you to share memories, as just relationships and say a final good-bye. In case death occurs suddenly, it will give your loved ones comfort in knowing that your wishes were met and that you died as you had wanted.

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