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Is CPR overused? When is it ok for doctors to let someone die?

The use of CPR – or cardio pulmonary resuscitation – in end of life care is poorly understood as being an effective last attempt to keep someone alive. In fact, the actual success rate of CPR is very low and is mostly ineffective for patients who are dying of chronic illnesses.

Dr. Charles Wright explains that the use of CPR has become widespread, but for all the wrong reasons.

Dr. Charles Wright, the 2002 recipient of the Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation Award for research and service to the Canadian health care system, is now consultant in medical affairs, program planning and evaluation.

Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, journalist intern at EvidenceNetwork.ca, and journalist with Radio-Canada.

This Podcast appeared in the Vancouver Province

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