Dnr Ethical Dilemmas

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Patient decision should be honored unless the patient or a legal appointee makes changes or agrees to rescind, for example when the patient is scheduled for surgery. The care provider should not assume that the patient will agree to hold DO-NOT-Resuscitate orders due to scheduled surgery or procedure. It is required of the physician to inform the patient, family, and/or surrogate of the intent to hold DNR orders and allow them to make an informed consent (HCEHC, 2005). In such situations where the care provider is torn between following the patient’s decision and implementing procedure that in one way or another conflicts with DNR orders, the risk management team at the institution, state or national level should be consulted for advice. All

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