Dying Matters Chair warns against "false hope" of CPR

3 October 2012
Dying Matters Chair Professor Mayur Lakhani has urged doctors to be honest with patients and their loved ones about the limitations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Speaking on the Kelly Alexander Show, a popular Canadian podcast, Professor Lakhani, a practising GP of 30 years' standing, said he felt "very strongly" about patients and their families being offered the "false hope" of CPR.

Dr Lakhani said research has shown that when a patient is very elderly or frail the chances of survival or recovery when CPR is administered are "so small as to be discounted and actually could leave someone very damaged".

He advised: "Explain that it would be much better for your mother or your father to have a naturally dignified death because they are a dignified person."

Listen to Dr Lakhani's podcast below.

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