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To CPR or not to CPR? That is the question
  1. Muhammad Akbar Baig1,
  2. Asad Mian1,2,
  3. Hira Shahzad3
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  3. 3Department of Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Muhammad Akbar Baig, Department of Emergency Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Stadium Road, Karachi 74800, Pakistan; dr_akbar2007{at}hotmail.com

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As emergency physicians, we stand at the frontlines of managing the acute patient. When an unresponsive patient is rushed into the emergency department (ED) and the family demands immediate attention, there is always the question of instituting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In situations like these, an advance directive—a legal document in which a person outlines his or her end-of-life care—can be helpful.1 Providing life-sustaining treatment was one of the ethical challenges …

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