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Controlling the Misuse of CPR Through POLST and Certified Patient Decision Aids

My latest article, “Controlling the Misuse of CPR Through POLST and Certified Patient Decision Aids” is available in the latest issue of the American Journal of Bioethics 17(2).


This is a response to “Irrational Exuberance: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation as Fetish” by Philip M. Rosoff & Lawrence J. Schneiderman.  Other peer commentaries include:

  • Making a Fetish of “CPR” Is Not in the Patient’s Best Interest – John J. Paris & M. Patrick Moore, Jr.  
  • Erring on the Side of Life” Is Sometimes an Error: Physicians Have the Primary Responsibility to Correct This – Arthur R. Derse
  • Doing What We Shouldn’t: Medical Futility and Moral Distress – Nancy S. Jecker
  • No Merit Badge for CPR – Arthur Caplan & Ariane Lewis
  • CPR as Golden Calf – Joseph J. Kotva & Mark D. Fox
  • Evaluating Public Health Advertising Campaigns: CPR Advertising Imperils Patient-Centered Decision Making – Yael Schenker & Alex John London
  • Balancing the Benefits and Risks of CPR – Clifton W. Callaway, Karl B. Kern, Raina M. Merchant & Robert W. Neumar
  • Bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Civic Duty – Torben K. Becker, Michael Bernhard, Bernd W. Böttiger, Jon C. Rittenberger, Mike-Frank G. Epitropoulos & Sören L. Becker
  • Learn and Live?: Understanding the Cultural Focus on Nonbeneficial Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as a Response to Existential Distress About Death and Dying – Leah B. Rosenberg & David Doolittle
  • Resuscitating to Save Life or Save Death? – Stefan Timmermans
  • Who Decides? The Autonomy of First Respondents in Initiating Out-of-Hospital CPR – Sabine Salloch

The views, opinions and positions expressed by these authors and blogs are theirs and do not necessarily represent that of the Bioethics Research Library and Kennedy Institute of Ethics or Georgetown University.