Umut Gulacti, Ugur Lok

Department of Emergency Medicine, Adiyaman University Medical Faculty, Adiyaman, Turkey

Keywords: Do-not-resuscitate orders; Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Survival; Patient outcome assessment; Blood circulation


Objectives: The aim of the study is to determine factors affecting the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) ratios, neurological outcomes at discharge, the ratio of living patients discharged from the hospital and due to Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) prohibition.

Material and methods: This is a retrospective observational study conducted on patients of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed in emergency department (ED) and intensive care units between February 2010 and February 2012.

Results: A total of 469 patients were evaluated, and 266 eligible patients who did not have DNAR orders were included in the study. Overall, 45.1% of the adult in-hospital cardiac arrest victims returned to spontaneous circulation, and 5.3% survived to hospital discharge. Of the patients who were discharged alive from the hospital, 33.3% were discharged in poor neurologic conditions of Cerebral Performance Category (CPC) score 3 or 4. The ROSC ratio was reduced for the patients with malignancies compared to the patients with other preexisting conditions (OR: 12.783; 95% CI 2.967–55.072; p = 0.000). None of the patients with malignancies were discharged alive from the hospital. Only one patient with end-stage disease was discharged alive from hospital, and this patient's CPC score was 4.

Discussion and conclusion: CPR has not increased the ROSC and alive discharge rates in patients with malignancy and end-state disease. DNAR order prohibition have been increased the futile CPR attempts. DNAR should be accepted as a human right that represents an honorable death option and whether a DNAR is order demanded should be specifically discussed with patients with malignancies and end-stage disease presenting to ED.