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Leonard Cohen, poetry to the rescue, surrogates and problems of non-resuscitation . . .

This post looks at the strange juxtaposition of three things I came across in the past hour. Firstly, a bioethics post on some important new light on the use of surrogate decision-making – when you are unconscious and another nominated … Continue reading

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Progressing living wills (advance directives): POLST

Living wills have come a long way since they were first proposed by Luis Kutner in 1969. Today they are widespread. On July 28th 2009, Barack Obama became the first United States President to announce publicly that he had a … Continue reading

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Do Not Resuscitate ignored

A 64-year-old grandfather’s wishes were ignored, causing him to die in agony as a hospital tried to revive him. Arthur Johnson had countersigned ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ forms instructing medical staff not to revive him if his heart should stop. … Continue reading

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And now the new NHS Scotland Guidelines (CPR)

The new NHS Scotland Guidelines on Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/924/0098809.pdf Yesterday we took a look at the excellent guidelines from the General Medical Council. Guidelines which are largely non-partisan, legally precise, and greatly clarify good procedure … Continue reading

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Read the new (GMC) guidance on end of life care

From the General Medical Council This advice applies UK-wide. Download or read online here: Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making The GMC registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. It has the … Continue reading

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CPR – I might want it now but I don’t want it later

People’s views of CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation – an emergency procedure for persons in cardiac or respiratory arrest) are shaped to a large extent by television medical series such as Casualty, E.R. and Holby City: a patient arrests, the healthcare team … Continue reading

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Scotland increases effect of living will decisions

The Adults with Incapacity Act (Scotland) 2000 Act broadly covers the needs of patients’ wishes to be respected and refusals of treatment to be honoured. So although there is not a specific statutory provision for living wills (advance directives) such … Continue reading

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Organ Transplant Euthanasia?

A new paper on voluntary euthanasia and organ transplants is causing quite a stir. The authors, Julian Savulescu and Dominic Wilkinson, suggest that being able to donate one’s organs while requesting euthanasia could give an added sense of meaning to … Continue reading

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