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BMJ. 2007 November 17; 335(7628): 1008.
PMCID: PMC2078643
Resuscitation Decisions

Yes, but who is in charge?

James E Griffin, specialist registrar in haematology

I definitely support nurses' involvement in resuscitation decisions.1 I have worked on teams where nursing staff were always involved before a “not for resuscitation” decision was made, and if they did not agree the patient would remain “for resuscitation.” I have also worked for consultants who will not make patients not for resuscitation.

What will happen if the consultant responsible for a patient wishes them to remain for resuscitation but a senior nurse feels that they should not be for resuscitation? Other doctors may agree with the nurse's decision but in the end I would want clarification as to who would have the final say.


Competing interests: None declared.


1. White C. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions should be extended to nurses. BMJ 2007;335:901 (3 November.) doi: 10.1136/bmj.39384.681829.DB

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