The Culture of Dysthanasia: Attempting CPR in Terminally Ill Children

  title={The Culture of Dysthanasia: Attempting CPR in Terminally Ill Children},
  author={Jonna D. Clark and Denise M. Dudzinski},
  pages={572 - 580}
Both dying children and their families are treated with disrespect when the presumption of consent to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) applies to all hospitalized children, regardless of prognosis and the likely efficacy of CPR. This “opt-out” approach to CPR fails to appreciate the nuances of the special parent–child relationship and the moral and emotional complexity of enlisting parents in decisions to withhold CPR from their children. The therapeutic goal of CPR is not merely to resume… 

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