Should a School Honor a Student's DNR Order? a Lawyer Responds: A Student's Right to Forgo CPR
Scofield, Giles R.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1992 Mar; 2(1): 4-12.
...Instead of and certainly before advising the school or S.A. to go into court, I would urge them to try to resolve the question where it arises -- in the classroom, not the courtroom. And I would ask school officials to try to place themselves in S.A.'s shoes, and to imagine how she feels about her situation; and to ask themselves how they will feel if they administer CPR against her and her parents' wishes. Is there no way that they can do more than nothing, but less than CPR? Which image would we prefer to attach to S.A.'s case, that of some lawyers giving a press conference on the courthouse steps or of a story about a school that made it possible for one of its students to spend her precious time with her friends, classmates, and teachers, as they learn together that death does not need to separate the living from the dying?
Adolescents; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Communication; Competence; Consent; Death; Decision Making; Directive Adherence; Education; Emergency Care; Females; Friends; Heart Diseases; Informed Consent; Institutional Policies; Lawyers; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Legal Rights; Life; Liability; Minors; Parents; Psychological Stress; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Right to Die; Rights; Schools; State Interest; Students; Treatment Refusal; Value of Life;
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