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Intern Med J. 2014 Jan;44(1):93-6. doi: 10.1111/imj.12328.

Inadequate resuscitation documentation in older patients' clinical case notes.

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Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Abstract

This research examined the quality of resuscitation decisions documented in the clinical notes of 99 older patients within 48 h of admission. Only 34 had current documentation that was frequently inconsistent and ambiguous, leaving patients at risk of receiving inappropriate and unwanted resuscitation. Clear guidelines with community input to guide the implementation and documentation of end-of-life decisions are essential.

KEYWORDS:

advance care directive; aged care; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; resuscitation order; terminal care

PMID:
24450525
DOI:
10.1111/imj.12328
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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