Could the words 'Do not resuscitate' be added to your file without your knowledge?

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Could the words 'Do not resuscitate' be added to your file without your knowledge?

Article in the Daily Mail says that it's not uncommon (no stats quoted) for bereaved relatives to discover that a decision not to resuscitate has been taken without either the patient or their family being consulted. Is this something you have experienced? Does poor communication by doctors play a part? Or is there an element of the unrealistic hopes of families? Please share Here's a link to the feature:

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Thank you for providing the

Thank you for providing the link. The case expressed is not a good sign for the health institution. Any medical staff must be aware that patient-centered care is a core component of healthcare quality, and so patient's right must not be ignored.

I believe there was a violation committed since a written CPR order in the patient's notes was present when in fact no relatives had been consulted by the physician. Basically, DNR requests can be made by the patient, the family or even the physician when it is determined that there would be no medical benefit to administering CPR. But, the medical practitioner MUST DISCUSS the DNR order with the patient or the patient's family because it NEEDS CONSENT.

Now, could this be a malpractice case? Will the health care team be answerable? This reminds me of the article written by Mr. Haskell, a popular lawyer in Spokane WA that has won a bunch of million dollar legal claims. Please allow me to share it. Here it is: Medical Mistakes -- A Primer on the Basics of Medical Malpractice. That will supplement everybody with information about medical issues, and will widen horizons about medical malpractice.

Although there are lot of misconceptions about medical malpractice, obvious deviation to standard of care by a health care provider must not be ignored such as the omission of the duty to disclose information. Therefore, the saying, "to err is human, to forgive is divine" is not applicable in the medical field. Albeit it is applied generally, forgiving or ignoring healthcare omissions in medicine is not acceptable.

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