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Not for Resuscitation Orders
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NOT FOR RESUSCITATION ORDERS NOT FOR RESUSCITATION ORDERS NOT FOR RESUSCITATION ORDERS Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a life-saving procedure done for a patient with the patient’s best interests at heart, ensuring that the well-being of the patient is safe-guarded.
The medical fraternity may opt for the “do not resuscitate” orders so that the unnecessary use of the CPR is not chosen; however this choice would have implications at ethical and legal levels (Jaing, 2007). The decision of “do not resuscitate” is made by the patient if he is functionally able to convey it. If otherwise, the family members may have to make the decision when it is called surrogate decision (Torke, 2011). The subject has been the topic of discussion along with other end-of life decisions due to the ethical and legal bearings (Sham et al, 2007). The decisions on the withholding of the treatment for sustenance of life would be relaying the message that the patient accepts the progression of the disease and that he trusts the healing physician. There will be an underlying desire to reduce the burden on others. The wish to live and die naturally could also be influencing his decision (Sham et al, 2007). Research has elicited various factors influencing the doctors when the DNR (do not resuscitate) orders are made. These are based on the themes of probability of survival, the desire of the patient, the quality of life prior to present illness and the quality expected after it (Sham et al, 2007). Federal and State policies in the US advice advance care planning where the patient may be encouraged to make his decision for other end-of life decisions but DNR has been excluded (Sham et al, 2007). ...
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