Your pet has been admitted for hospitalization. The team at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital (CTVSEH) will make every effort to prevent complications arising from your pet’s illness/injury or from procedures carried out in our hospitals. However, in some cases, there is risk that your pet may experience respiratory and/or cardiac arrest while hospitalized. We encourage an open discussion of all medical information between you and our veterinary team prior to admission. Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a difficult subject for many people, but one that is very important to review. All patients admitted to CTVSEH must have a resuscitation directive regardless of severity of illness.
We are requesting that you choose whether or not you want us to revive your pet in the unlikely event that your pet experiences respiratory and/or cardiac arrest. If a pet arrests, there is a short and critical window of opportunity to initiate CPR beyond which the success rate of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation decreases significantly. By selecting now, we will be able to initiate our efforts without delay. Once we have initiated CPR, we will contact you to make further decisions. Please choose from the following options and check the appropriate box. Should you change your mind at any point during your pet’s hospitalization, please notify your pet’s doctor so that we may follow your wishes. We will ask you to sign a new form with your revised choice.
I have read and understand the CPR options above and in the event my pet experiences respiratory and/or cardiac arrest I authorize Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital to act according to my choice above.