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what's a do-not-resuscitate dnr order?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
DNR: Is parsed into "levels", but hospitals assume that all patients want "full code" - intubation, counter shock and icu, even in ases where there are no expectations that the underlying conditin can be cured, or meaningful, enjoyable prolongation of life can be sustained. Prolonging suffering and death can ensue, so it is very important to clarify what you r a loved one wants rather than waiting.

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What is dnr?

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Dr. Helle Lukk
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Do not Resuscitate: Strictly speaking dnr means that you do not want compressions of your heart (CPR) if you have a heart attack or situation where your heart stops.
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What's an advanced directive for health?

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See details: It tells doctors and your loved ones what you will permit to be done in a life threatening medical problem in which you are unconscious and /or unable to verbalize your these directions at the time.
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How do I legally help a sick family member who wants to create dnr status for future hospital stays?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It is called: An "advanced directive", and it is wise to do so. Most hospitals can provide help, but your own attorney can do this, provide notarized copies (get plenty) for the ems, er, and hospital record.
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When should I fill out a dnr?

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Dr. Leen Bakkali
Geriatrics 21 years experience
Do Not Rescucitate.: A dnr should be considered if a patient is terminal or in the late stages of a disease like : metastatic cancer not responding to treatement, end stage dementia or multi organ failure etc... The goal is to avoid prolonging suffering when there is no treatment available and the quality of life is poor.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Would doctors have to heed a dnr order from someone who is suicidal?

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Dr. Michael Amster
Specializes in Pediatrics
Very touchy: A lot would depend on local laws, what the medical power of attorney says, and the reason for the resuscitation. If the person is down because of a suicide attempt, that can be murky, but if they are suicidal and suffer another affliction requiring resuscitation and they have a dnr, then it should be heeded. If there is any question, the hospital has resources to help.

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