Palliative Care Resuscitation begins by examining the history of CPR and how the procedures used today were developed. CPR was initially intended for victims of sudden, unexpected cardio–pulmonary arrest, unfortunately it has been applied to less appropriate situations and is now the only medical procedure which is consented against. The media have portrayed CPR as being invariably successful and appropriate, this can lead to anger and confusion from patients and families.
This book covers a range of issues, including:
- The resuscitation guidelines produced by the Resuscitation Council (UK), the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing
- Expected success rates, and how the nurse–patient–doctor relationship can influence sometimes inappropriate CPR decisions
- How cultural and religious influences can also affect how a patient and their family may deal with CPR and other end of life decisions, and the legal and ethical issues pertaining to CPR and a good death.
Palliative Care Resuscitation addresses the approach to CPR decisions in the community and ends with a suggested reading list for those wishing to research the subject further. It will be essential reading for nurses on long stay wards, in care homes, hospices and in trauma care and A&E departments.
LIST OF TABLES: table one: Table comparing quoted success rates of studies on CPR:.
CHAPTER ONE: The history of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
CHAPTER TWO: CPR versus active treatment in palliative care.
CHAPTER THREE: Resuscitation guidelines, resuscitation success and futility, and medical paternalism in resuscitation decisions.
CHAPTER FOUR Cultural and Religious Influences, including the sick role , on healthcare and resuscitation decisions.
CHAPTR FIVE the role of the nurse, and the nurse–doctor–patient relationship in resuscitation decisions.
CHAPTER SIX Making resuscitation decisions: involving the patient and their family carers.
CHAPTER SEVEN Hope in patients who are palliative and have had a DNAR order made.
CHAPTER EIGHT The Law and Ethics surrounding resuscitation.
CHAPTER NINE Resuscitation in the community.
CHAPTER TEN The future of resuscitation.
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING.
REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY.