Our health care system has been increasingly developed to save people from sudden cardiac death. This process involves bystander resuscitation, ambulance and emergency department care followed by intensive care. Yet, survival rates from sudden death remain low at less than 10%. Research can improve this but needs to consider important ethical limitations.
On the other hand, resuscitation is often applied to people whose death is the end-result of increasing frailty or underlying severe illness. In these instances, resuscitation is frequently futile and can be an unhelpful interruption to a natural process.
This lecture and panel discussion will consider; what is a “good death”; the value of advanced directives or do-not-resuscitate orders; the challenges and limitations of medical research in this area; how and when health care providers should discuss death with their patients.
Note: We will not discuss assisted dying (‘right-to-die’) as this is a separate topic.
The event is held in Anglican Chapel. Limited parking is available on site.
Other Healthy Cities events include:
The Future of Funerals 16th October https://arnosvale.org.uk/events/future-funerals-panel-discussion-sunday-16th-october/