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EMM-012: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes the benefits and life-saving successes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and encourages medical professionals and members of the public to acquire and maintain CPR certification and skills.

The Society also recognizes popular and medical misconceptions about CPR and its risks, benefits, burdens and contraindications, including the public’s poor understanding of CPR success rates. These misunderstandings often cause undue family stress and pressure on medical staff to perform CPR when it is contraindicated.

The Society encourages honest discussions about the risks, benefits and burdens of CPR to enable informed decision making, and supports efforts to educate the public and medical professionals regarding those risks, benefits and burdens. Such information should be conveyed in an unbiased and culturally appropriate fashion. (HOD, 0415)