Summary: Resuscitation Discussion Guide
Before you start, note: Most patients want to talk about
resuscitation and may already have clear opinions about
their resuscitation choice. Many times it is the family with
whom you will be having the discussion so change
wording below to reflect that they should think about what
their loved one would have wanted if they could talk. Be
prepared to clarify the differences between Advance
Directives and DNR orders.
When: Preferably start when healthy and/or soon after a
serious diagnosis. In hospital when prognosis is poor.
Where: Ensure comfort, privacy, quiet. Sit down.
Who else is present: Family, friend, spiritual counselor,
other professional or no one, as patient requests.
How to start:
"With each of my patients, I routinely discuss desires about
possible health care decisions in the future including
resuscitation. Do you have some thoughts about . .
"Let's talk about your goals for treatment, what you want us