A 96 year old man dies in hospital. The crash team is called and for six minutes the doctors perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It does not work. At no point had the patient been engaged in a discussion about CPR. Was this wrong? Why did it happen – or, more pertinently, why did a pre-emptive discussion not take place? In this booklet a hospital consultant conducts an imaginary inquiry, interviewing each and every individual involved… including the GP and the family. This is followed by a review of recent developments in the area, and an analysis of why doctors struggle to raise the issue on the wards.
It is available on Amazon here.