Chapter 2. Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues

  1. Pam Moule RN, DipN, DipNE, BSc(Hons), MSc, EdD Reader and
  2. John W. Albarran RN, DipN (Lon.), BSc (Hons), PG Dip Ed, MSc, DPhil NFESC Reader
  1. John W. Albarran RN, DipN (Lon.), BSc (Hons), PG Dip Ed, MSc, DPhil NFESC Reader2 and
  2. Paul Snelling Senior Lecturer1

Published Online: 22 OCT 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch2

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition

How to Cite

Albarran, J. W. and Snelling, P. (2009) Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues, in Practical Resuscitation for Healthcare Professionals, Second Edition (eds P. Moule and J. W. Albarran), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444316056.ch2

Editor Information

  1. University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of the West of England, Gloucestershire, UK

  2. 2

    University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 OCT 2009
  2. Published Print: 27 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193542

Online ISBN: 9781444316056

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Keywords:

  • major ethical, professional and legal issues in resuscitation;
  • professional issues in resuscitation and healthcare professionals in resuscitation attempt;
  • ethical and legal implications - do not attempt resuscitation orders;
  • ethical dilemmas - deciding when to discontinue resuscitation attempts;
  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN), Resuscitation Council (UK) and British Medical Association (BMA);
  • decisions relating to cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • A DNAR decision - weighing likelihood of benefit and burden;
  • decision-making for patients lacking capacity;
  • cardiac arrest team members and how to work with them;
  • professional accountability in skill and competence maintenance and off-duty issues

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Aims

  • Learning Outcomes

  • ‘Do not Attempt Resuscitation’ Orders

  • When to Stop a Resuscitation Attempt

  • Having Family Members Present during Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

  • Role of the Healthcare Professional at Resuscitation

  • Post-Arrest

  • Review of Learning

  • Conclusion

  • References