reply to post by ohioriver
You see that is an oversimplification.
Let’s suppose we have a 73 year old man with full blown metastatic cancer and other core morbidities (say dementia and diabetes) he says he wants
CPR and the family also say they want CPR.
CPR for a patient like that is not going to be successful because as much as he might want it the best possible outcome is for him to end up on life
support which will eventually have to be turned off, we cannot keep a person indefinitely on life support. As such after a couple of weeks his
machine will have to be turned off and he will die because the cancer at that point has won and he is now dead.
In that instance CPR is not the appropriate course of action and while the family and patient might not see it that way the more objective medical
staff will see it that way.
Essentially medical staff have the right to withhold treatment if they can justify it, which in the case above they most certainly could.
That is the key difference, withholding treatment is not murder, by not giving CPR we are not taking another’s life or doing anything that will
kill them. Rather what we are doing is withholding a treatment that is not appropriate.