Published time: 06 April 2020
Authors: Zoë Fritz , Gavin D Perkins
Keywords: Covid-19, Cardiopulmonary, Hospital
In normal times, the medical obligation to “first do no harm” applies to the actions of individual doctors on individual patients. During pandemics, the ethical imperatives shift: we must consider the safety of not only the individual patient but also the clinician and the population. Guidelines on attempting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the acute hospital setting for patients with Covid-19 have produced conflict and moral discomfort because of differences of opinion about the balance of benefits and risks to both patients and staff.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation after hospital admission with covid-19