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Sarah Perman, MD

Gender Differences in the Decision to Withdraw Life Sustaining Therapy after Cardiac Arrest


Patients who have a cardiac arrest (when the heart stops) have a complicated hospital course and often do not survive to hospital discharge. Sometimes this occurs because decisions are made to discontinue life support. 

Our preliminary data suggest that “Do not resuscitate” orders are established earlier in women than in men. Therefore we are seeking to evaluate if there is a difference in how often and under what circumstances life support is discontinued in women versus men after cardiac arrest. Our hope is that this pilot work will shed further light on the gender differences in cardiac arrest outcomes that have been observed.