Not everyone wants to receive attempted CPR, so it is important to respect people’s wishes and to make sure that they are offered a chance to make choices that are right for them.
When someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest due to a sudden problem with their heart, immediate CPR can offer a chance of restoring them to a length and quality of life that they value.
When someone’s heart and breathing stop because they are dying from an advanced and irreversible condition, CPR will subject them to a vigorous physical intervention that deprives them and those important to them of a dignified death. For some people this may prolong the process of dying and, in doing so, prolong or increase suffering.
Use the link below for more information on attempting CPR