Cardiac arrest tool may help with care decisions, study says

09/10/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found the Good Outcome Following Attempted Resuscitation score that analyzes 13 clinical characteristics may help predict which patients will survive an in-hospital cardiac arrest with the least amount of disability or deficit. University of Georgia researchers who developed the GO-FAR score said it could be used in discussions about do-not-resuscitate orders and "when integrated with information on patients' values, beliefs and goals" could assist in making informed end-of-life decisions that lessen unnecessary suffering.

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