Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders in the Operating Room
Cohen, Cynthia B.
Cohen, Peter J.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1991 Dec 26; 325(26): 1879-1882.
[S]ome institutions have adopted a policy of automatically suspending DNR orders during anesthesia and surgery. We do not advocate placing new limitations on patients' autonomy as a prerequisite for surgery. Instead, we propose an individualized policy of "required reconsideration" by which patients and the responsible care givers would reexamine DNR orders before surgery, whenever possible. We believe this policy would usually result in a negotiated suspension of the orders, with their reinstatement when the orders again became appropriate....
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Required Reconsideration of "Do-Not-Resuscitate" Orders in the Operating Room and Certain Other Treatment Settings Cohen, Cynthia B.; Cohen, Peter J. (1992)It is time to change the assumption that DNR orders apply in every treatment setting in the hospital. It is appropriate to mandate not only that these orders be reconsidered on the basis of time, but also on the basis ...