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Nurses to resuscitate

29th October 2007

Guidelines issued by the British Medical Association, the Royal College of Nursing and the Resuscitation Council say that "suitably experienced" nurses should be able to decide if patients should be resuscitated.

Decisions regarding resuscitation have previously been the responsibility of doctors. The Resuscitation Council said the new advice was aimed at avoiding "undignified and unnecessary" resuscitation.

A Patients Association spokesman said: "Nurses have always been closer to patients who are severely ill than doctors. They will know more about the personality of the patient and their attitude towards death during a severe illness."

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