“Only about one in five receiving CPR in a hospital leave the hospital alive.
Only 1 in 10 elderly patients receiving CPR are alive a year later…
…A society’s death rituals make a statement not only about what it means to die, but also what it means to live.
For a world obsessed with technology, our final rites are a last communion with data and machines.”
—Nathan Gray. “What Doctors Know About CPR.” Topic. December 2018.
CPR has a place, but it’s a small one. It should never be a piece of theater for families that cannot accept the fact that death comes to us all, and modern medicine cannot prevent it.