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do not resuscitate (DNR)

a legal directive indicating that the patient should not receive CPR in the event of a cardiac arrest. See no code.

do not resuscitate

See DNR.

do not resuscitate



An order stating that a patient should not be revived. It may be written by a physician at the patient's request. If the patient is not competent or is unable to make such a decision, the family, legal guardian, or health care proxy may request and give consent for such an order to be written on the patient's chart and followed by the health care providers. The hospital or physician should have policies regarding time limits and reordering.
See: allow natural death; do not attempt resuscitation
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Further, the court rejected the hospital's contention that the implementation of the DNR order was the cause of the patient's death.
parents of one of us were alarmed to discover several years after buying a condominium in a (well-regarded) retirement community that they had signed DNR orders when they moved in.
69 times more likely to have a DNR order if they were age 65 or older than if they were younger, after adjusting for gender.
This memorandum, which offered "clarification" of advance directives and DNR orders in Medicare Hospice, stated that hospice providers must provide CPR for patients in cardio-pulmonary arrest if the patient either expressly requested it or does not have a DNR order.
Although the intern was well-intentioned and dutifully obtained the surrogate's permission to intubate the patient and rescind the DNR order, a closer look at his motivations would likely reveal that he succumbed to his own unarticulated death avoidance.
P's resistance to signing a DNR order raises an issue that reaches to the heart of hospice philosophy.
S tells us to believe his wife: she is called a "devoted spouse," she has the strong support of her children and her daughter-in-law, and physicians have already allowed her to sign a DNR order and refusal of a feeding tube.
There was no significant change in the timing of DNR orders, in physician-patient agreement about DNR orders, in the number of undesirable days, in the prevalence of pain, or in the resources consumed.
Cassem, who again endorsed a DNR order because CPR would be "medically contraindicated, inhumane, and unethical.
When the only way to authorize a DNR order under hospital policy is by the consent of patients or their representatives, discussions about futile resuscitation are inherently misleading offers of bogus choices, increasing the likelihood that a choice will be made in favor of futile treatment.
For example, although a surrogate could, sans ethics committee, authorize a DNR order for a patient for whom treatment would be an excessive burden and who is either terminally ill or permanently unconscious, that is not necessarily the typical profile of a candidate for DNR.
5] Recent discussions concede that DNR orders require consent, but argue that there is no duty to secure a patient's consent when CPR is medically futile; when it would be futile to attempt resuscitation, consent to a DNR order may be presumed.