Resuscitation is the process of correcting physiological disorders in an acutely unwell patient. It is an important part of intensive care medicine, trauma surgery and emergency medicine. Well known examples are cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Advanced dementia patients cannot express intention about their end-of-life care and depend on family surrogates to decide for them.
A study showed that spouse and direct relatives, comorbidities of musculoskeletal disease or diabetes, psychological symptoms of repetitive wording and behavior, previous discussion about patients' intention, and believers of Taiwan folk belief are all positive influencing factors for surrogates to consent DNR directive for patients. The findings are important in promoting DNR directive for patients with dementia.
The results may help to promote do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decisions for dementia patients, especially in Chinese populations 1).