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Letter to the Editor

Stop Unnecessary and Futile Resuscitations

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000581548.83523.b7
Letter to the Editor


The old-fashioned, time-tested solution is to pronounce someone who is clearly dead on arrival as dead on arrival, not engaging in unnecessary and futile resuscitation. We don't need to change the way time of death is called like Kimberly Chernoby, MD, JD, suggested in her viewpoint. (“Change the Way Time of Death is Called,” EMN 2019;41[7]:4;

We should not put clinical staff and patients through futile procedures.

David Goldschmid, MD

Redwood City, CA

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