This Teachable Moment describes the experience of a spouse who was asked to make the decision regarding withholding cardipulmonary resuscitation for a patient whose death from surgical complications was judged by the surgeon to be imminent.
Article InformationCorresponding Author: Michael J. Nabozny, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, 600 Highland Ave, H4/785, Madison, WI 53792 (email@example.com).
Published Online: June 15, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2326.
Conflict of Interest Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: Dr Schwarze is supported by a training award (KL2TR000428) from the Clinical and Translational Science Award program, through the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, grant (UL1 TR000427), and the Greenwall Foundation (Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program.)
Role of the Funder/Sponsor: These funding sources had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.