This is an issue that we have come across many times in our area of practice.
Often medical staff decide that it is in the best interests of the patient to put a "do not resuscitate" order in place. This is often done during end of life care. They however too often fail to tell the family of this order until it is too late.
Hopefully this study will highlight the problem and lead to more communication between the treating staff and the families of patients.
One in five families was not consulted where doctors had decided not to revive their relative, a sample study by The Royal College of Physicians found.