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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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Contributors MAB and AM contributed towards conception of idea, drafting and critical editing of the manuscript. HS contributed towards drafting, critical editing and revision of the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.
Competing interests None declared.
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