“To get the best care possible, your choice of emergency room matters. Look up hospitals ahead of time so you can evaluate where to go in an emergency. Get data on hospital quality measures, such as wait times, patient ratings and citations for emergency room violations.”—ER Inspector (United States)
“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.