Do Not Resuscitate

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Do Not Resuscitate Ashford University HCA 322 Health Care Ethics & Medical Law Eugene Elliott 9/1/2014 Do Not Resuscitate The case study I choose is Scenario No. 2: DNR. DNR stands for Do Not Resuscitate. A DNR is a legal document in which health care teams will follow once you are faced with serious health problems or when you are at the end of life. This document lets you choose if you would like CPR or electric shock if your heart stops. Also, this document lets you decline any support if your heart stop or it will let you decide different medical measures that you would like. This document is very important to be looked over carefully by the patient as this piece of paper will try to save…show more content…
Many people who are in hospice care are terminally ill. Hospice care specializes in the end of life care and work very hard to grant there patient’s wishes such as do not resuscitate. Hospice care is only to make you feel comfortable at the end of life. They are not required to perform CPR on their patients and should not force their patients to fill out the DNR order. “The right approach to DNR discussions and decisions varies even within a particular culture, and needs framework balanced upon the specifics of an individual case scenario” (Yang, G. M., Kwee, A. K., & Krishna, L. (2012). Some but not all hospices require that the patient’s family call EMS to give their family member CPR. If there is not a DNR and the patient is ready to pass than an EMS may not be able to grant their wishes because by law the EMS may have to give CPR. CPR can be painful and traumatizing for patients who are terminally ill. There are a few lawful and moral problems of the do not resuscitate order. The DNR came about by the misunderstanding of CPR. When a person is in cardiac arrest the emergency team is called to their home to give them urgent medical attention. The emergency medical team’s first response is to give the person CPR to help save their life. If an emergency team doesn’t give there patient CPR they could end up dyeing. “During the last decade, the time from cardiac arrest to start of cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR)

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