The covid-19 pandemic has led to rushed guidelines for doctors making treatment decisions, and has encouraged more people to make advance decisions on CPR and ventilation

The covid-19 pandemic has led to rushed guidelines for doctors making treatment decisions, and has encouraged more people to make advance decisions on CPR and ventilation

By Clare Wilson
Decisions on end of life care are being rushed due to the coronavirus outbreak
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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to confront dilemmas around how much medical care should be given at the end of life. The emergency situation means doctors and patients are having to rush controversial decisions about turning down certain treatments, say palliative care experts.
“The crisis has brought to the fore a lot of the problems with decision-making around the end of life which have been simmering for ages,” says Celia Kitzinger at Cardiff University in the UK. “Coronavirus has lit the fuse.” …

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