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Medical Ethics

Do Not Resuscitate Patients

In the situation below, I want to argue that Patients with a 'Do ***** Resuscit*****te' (DNR) Order should NOT be transported to a hospital - especially by an Emergency Department - for medical treatment.

My argument assumes that patients who have signed such ***** order understand the full meaning of *****, and have accepted the responsibility this entails. My ***** assumes ***** the medical pr*****essionals ***** the ramifications of not transporting a patient for treatment, ***** that the legal aspects of DNR orders have *****en dealt with by ***** department's legal representatives. My argument also assumes that the patients are in some kind of medical arrest or emergency, or ***** suffered a c*****tastrophic type ***** illness, such as heart attack or stroke. In addition, my ***** *****sumes that family members of patients with ***** orders understand their loved one's desires, and will comply with their wishes.

Ethical and medical facts are key ***** this situation. The patient must have a current and verifiable DNR order. The patient ***** be notified of the decision not to transport. The patient has the right to change ***** *****, or to nullify it. The patient's family can***** become involved in the transport. The emergency department staff must be prepared to make quick decisions. The emergency department ***** must be prepared to analyze the patient's condition ***** make a b*****ding decision *****bout it. If a patient has a DNR, the age of the patient must be analyzed and taken into account in ***** *****. It depends on what the patient is suffering from whether they should be *****ed or not. Emergency ***** personnel ***** ***** prepared to play "God" in these instances. ***** DNR does not necessarily remove all fault from the emergency department. The patient must be suffering a life-threatening ***** ***** cond*****ion ***** ***** room department staff to consider the DNR.

Ethically, th***** is certainly a touchy and difficult situation. However, the *****s and needs of the patient must be fully *****ed, and a patient ***** a ***** order clearly does not want to go on living if ********** quality of life is challenged or reduced. The DNR order ***** not stand in other situations, such as non-life threaten*****g accidents, etc (such ***** a broken leg. ***** ***** would be transported in this situation). There are many ethical decisions ***** ***** have to made ***** the emergency department in these situations, and they will literally have to play "God" in some decisions, which may be ethically and morally ***** for some personnel. Some people ********** that DNR *****s are ***** legal or moral, ***** the staff ***** no authority to act on them. However, the ***** ***** ***** at ***** heart of this ethical dilemma, and they should always be discussed and adhered to. It is the p*****ient's life, after all, and not ***** medical department's ***** that is on the line. A ***** order is a highly person decision, ********** no person creates one of *****se


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