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Forget the DNR, Time for Opt-In CPR

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A nurse in the UK was sanctioned with a ”caution order” (a warning or demerit) on her record for 24 months after she did not perform CPR on a patient who presented as “waxy, yellow and almost cold” when she was called to look at him in his hospital room. The patient was dead. However, since the patient lacked a DNAR order, under UK law and standard of care, she was obligated to begin CPR even though the process has not been known to revive a cold corpse.…

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