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Ana L. Huerta-Alardín, Manuel Guerra-Cantú, Joseph Varon. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the elderly: a clinical and ethical perspective. J Geriatr Cardiol 2007; 4(2): 117-119.
Citation: Ana L. Huerta-Alardín, Manuel Guerra-Cantú, Joseph Varon. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the elderly: a clinical and ethical perspective. J Geriatr Cardiol 2007; 4(2): 117-119.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the elderly: a clinical and ethical perspective

  • Publish Date: 2007-06-28
  • The daily practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in elderly patients has brought up the attention of outcome research and resource allocation. Determinants to predict survival have been well identified. There has been empirical evidence that CPR is of doubtful utility in the geriatric population, more studies have showed controversial data. Sometimes situations in which CPR needs to be given in the elderly, causes stress to healthcare providers, due to lack of communication of the patient’s wishes and the belief that it will not be successful. It is of importance to state that we have the duty to identify on time the patients that will most likely benefit from CPR, and find out the preferences of the same. Whenever it is possible to institute these guidelines, we will avoid patient suffering.
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