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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8-12

Can a patient or physician refuse cardio pulmonary resuscitation?

Professor of Clinical ethics and Medicine, Head of Department of Family Medicine, St. John's Medical College, St. John's National Academy of Helath Sciences; Department of Family Medicine, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Dr. G D Ravindran
Department of Medicine, 5th floor, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore - 560 034, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ajim.ajim_92_20

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ICMR released guideline “Do not attempt resuscitation” in the month of April 2020. This article explores the ethical principles that underlie this guideline. The ethical principles involved are autonomy, futility, ordinary/extraordinary means, principle of double effect, and principle of Good Samaritan and the legal provisions are discussed. It summarizes the process of implementing the guidelines and problems that are involved in its implementation.

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