What if I want CPR, but my doctor says it won’t work?

When you discuss CPR your doctor may say that CPR would not work for you.

  • No doctor will refuse your wish for CPR if there is a fair chance that it can be effective.
  • If your healthcare team feel CPR will not work for you, you can ask them to arrange a second medical opinion if you would like one.
  • If it is thought that CPR is likely to leave you severely ill or disabled, your opinion about whether these chances are worth taking is very important. Your healthcare team must listen to your opinions and to anybody you want to involve in the discussion.
  • You and those closest to you should be aware that there is no legal right to demand any treatment that will not work.