What You Must Know about DNR Orders

Woman looking at medical records

By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life

Betsy McCaughey is the expert on medical care.  You must read her article, "Do you have a DNR? It may kill you." If you have a DNR (do not resuscitate order) on your hospital file, they will essentially deprive you of mach needed care. 

DNR means if your heart stops or you can’t breathe, medical staff will let you die naturally, instead of rushing to give you cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Correctly interpreted, a DNR bars just that one procedure, resuscitation. But scientists are discovering that many doctors and nurses take DNR to mean you want end-of-life care only. They misconstrue DNR as Dying Not Recovering.

In other words, the existence of a DNR order in your file creates mindset in doctors and nurses that you should receive less healthcare, that you’re going to die. For example, a survey at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that patients with a DNR were twice as likely to die in the hospital than those who didn’t have one. And it wasn’t just for those who were already mortally ill. For those patients who were the healthiest, their likelihood increased by five times.

Please read the whole article and let everyone else know about the danger of DNRs.

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