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"Only 3% of over-80s survive CPR" - What does a dignified death look like

An excellent article by the Guardian, and campaign from NHS Wales about how we should approach CPR in EOL care situations.

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CPR is a violent and unpleasant process. When only 3% of over 80s and 1.9% of secondary cancer patients leave the hospital afterwards, is it always appropriate for patients approaching their EOL?

The first article by the Guardian "This is not Casualty – in real life CPR is brutal and usually fails" discusses examples of where CPR might not be appropriate with accounts from doctors and patient families. 

It also discusses the importance of DNACPR (do not attempt CPR) orders in EOL care and how they are (or aren't used). 

"[DNACPRs] will not change the glorified portrayals of CPR in written and audiovisual fiction, but it should help make a big difference to the dying moments of many, and make that precious time a little more dignified."

Finally, they highlight this campaign by NHS Wales which aims to raise awareness of DNACPR orders with patients and healthcare professionals. The campaign has a great video with doctors discussing the realities of CPR, and how DNACPRs can be used. 

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Conversations about DNACPRs can be difficult for everyone involved. NHS Wales are doing some interesting work in educating doctors, nurses and carers in how to best discuss them though which is encouraging.

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