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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 66--69

Ethics and medico legal aspects of "Not for Resuscitation"


1 Palliative Medicine Consultant, Palliative Medicine Unit, Departments of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Shiridi SaiBaba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, KMC Manipal, Manipal University 576104, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Shiridi SaiBaba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, KMC Manipal, Manipal University 576104, India
3 Professor, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Shiridi SaiBaba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, KMC Manipal, Manipal University 576104, India
4 Medical Social Worker, Department of Radiotherapy, and Oncology, Shiridi SaiBaba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, KMC Manipal, Manipal University 576104, India

Correspondence Address:
Naveen Sulakshan Salins
Palliative Medicine Consultant, Palliative Medicine Unit, Departments of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Shiridi SaiBaba Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, KMC Manipal, Manipal University 576104
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.68404

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Not for resuscitation in India still remains an abstract concept with no clear guidelines or legal frame work. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a complex medical intervention which is often used inappropriately in hospitalized patients and usually guided by medical decision making rather than patient-directed choices. Patient autonomy still remains a weak concept and relatives are expected to make this big decision in a short time and at a time of great emotional distress. This article outlines concepts around ethics and medico legal aspects of not for resuscitation, especially in Indian setting.






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