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Withholding Resuscitation in Prehospital Care

Arthur Kellermann, MD; and Joanne Lynn, MD
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From Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, and RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA 22202.

Grant Support: None.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Requests for Single Reprints: Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, 531 Asbury Circle Annex, Suite N340, Atlanta, GA 30322; e-mail, akell01@emory.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Kellermann: Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, Emory University, 531 Asbury Circle Annex, Suite N340, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Dr. Lynn: RAND Corporation, 1200 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA 22202.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(9):692-693. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-144-9-200605020-00014
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Resuscitating people who will otherwise die defines a major mission for emergency medical services (EMS) (1). Having the technical capacity to resuscitate some patients, however, does not mandate attempting it nor ensure its success. As cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) became widespread, clinicians formulated guidelines and policymakers passed laws to direct their appropriate use (24).



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