Resuscitation paper ‘smacks of ageism’

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A paper published in the British Medical Journal has questioned the practise of automatically trying to rescusitate elderly care home residents after they have had heart attacks. According to the geriatric specialists who researched the paper the chances of reviving an eldery care home patient vary from between zero and six per cent,compared with 14 per cent in an acute hospital. “If one person in a care home or hospital is to be provided with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, all staff require training and the appropriate resources need to be funded,” the paper says. The charity Help the Aged has responded to the paper, saying the suggestion to withdraw resuscitation from older people in care homes “smacks loud and clear of ageism”. Help the Aged policy manager Jonathan Ellis said it was unethical to propose that there should be blanket removal of resuscitation protocols from care homes simply because “they might not work”, and said the same arguments would not be used if the discussion was about other patient

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