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Title: Non-beneficial resuscitation during inhospital cardiac arrests in a metropolitan teaching hospital.
Austin Authors: Crosbie, David;Ghosh, Angaj;Van Ekeren, Narkitaa;Dowling, Monica;Hayes, Barbara;Cross, Anthony;Jones, Daryl A 
Affiliation: Intensive Care Unit, Northern Health Epping, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Northern Clinical School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Palliative Care Unit, Northern Health Epping, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Critical Care, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Intensive Care
Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: May-2023
Date: 2022
Publication information: Internal Medicine Journal 2023
Abstract: There is increasing recognition that a proportion of hospitalised patients receive non-beneficial resuscitation, with the potential to cause harm. To describe the prevalence of non-beneficial resuscitation attempts in hospitalised patients and identify interventions that could be used to reduce these events. A retrospective analysis was conducted of all adult inhospital cardiac arrests (IHCA) receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a teaching hospital over 9 years. Demographics and arrest characteristics were obtained from a prospectively collected database. Non-beneficial CPR was defined as CPR being administered to patients who had a current not-for-resuscitation (NFR) order in place or who had a NFR order enacted on a previous hospital admission. Further antecedent factors and resuscitation characteristics were collected for these patients. There were 257 IHCA, of which 115 (44.7%) occurred on general wards, with 19.8% of all patients surviving to discharge home. There were 39 (15.2%) instances of non-beneficial CPR, of which 28 (72%) of 39 occurred in unmonitored patients on the ward comprising nearly one-quarter (28/115) of all arrests in this patient group. A specialist had reviewed 30 (76.9%) of 39 of these patients, and 33.3% (13/39) had a medical emergency team (MET) review prior to their arrest. Over one in seven resuscitation attempts were non-beneficial. MET reviews and specialist ward rounds provide opportunities to improve the documentation and visibility of NFR status.
DOI: 10.1111/imj.15638
ORCID: 0000-0002-1269-9790
Journal: Internal Medicine Journal
Start page: 798
End page: 802
PubMed URL: 34865292
ISSN: 1445-5994
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: CPR
goals of care
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