allow natural death


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allow natural death

An alternative to “do not resuscitate” or “do not attempt resuscitation“ in which a patient or family permits a person's vital functions to cease without medical intervention, such as the maintenance of an artificial airway or the provision of advanced cardiac life support.
See: do not attempt resuscitation; do not resuscitate
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org) * Position Statement Nursing Care and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) and Allow Natural Death (AND) Decisions * Excellent recommendations to assist patients in making end-of-life decisions * Policy recommendations for clinical practice End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) (www.
Allow Natural Death, or AND, is a formal designation that has replaced the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order in a growing number of facilities throughout the US.
The Allow Natural Death (AND) designation carries with it the promise of changing the way we care for frail elders at the end of life.