In a 1998 study from Johns Hopkins University, doctors were given a list of eleven life-saving measures that are commonly used in hospitals and emergency rooms -- ones they themselves had undoubtedly used hundreds of times throughout their careers -- and asked which of them, if any, they 'd want used on themselves if they would ever be in eed of immediate care.
It is that last statistic -- the highest percentage of negative responses of all eleven choices -- that is the most tartling, as CPR is the most basic of life-saving measures: it does not involve any electrical equipment or medical instruments, can be done by virtuall anyone with a half-hour of training, and is certainly the most personal, involving physical contact -- hands, chest, neck, mouth -- between the living and the dying.
In other words, most doctors did not think to be resuscitated or kept alive; they only wanted to die comfortably and without pain.This 15-year-old survey reveals an uncomfortable truth about our mortality: the people we will someday entrust to keep us alive view these life-saving measures from a different worldvie, and they do not like what they see.
You might eed to be eplaced, but even then there 's little promise that CPR will actually work without the intervention of trained professionals or medical equipment; in fact, as Casarett reveals in the losing pages, we now very little about how CPR is even supposed to work, and the guidelines for how to perform it successfully continue to change.
( Years ago, the breathing was considered the most mportant aspect; now the chest compressions are advocated over the breathing, even though some wonder if the simple rocking of a body -- the sloshing of blood -- would be enough to restart the heart.) ven when CPR does work, there may be further damage to the patient, or they coul be rendered permanently unconscious and hooked up to ventilation for the est of their life.Regardless of how little we understand CPR, it 's still favorable to older methods of resuscitation.
We are reminde to make plans, write up instructions in the case of a debilitating illness, decide if we 'd even want to be resuscitated -- or given a feeding tube, or administered pain medication -- if that decision should ever wan to be made, and et we avoid these discussions until it 's too late.