Family consultation important in do not resuscitate orders | Health Central NZ

Doctors in New Zealand usually discuss do not resuscitate (DNR) orders with families, however, nurses in the United Kingdom have complained this has not been happening there.

An article published in The Telegraph outlined a worrying trend being uncovered by nurses who have found incidents of patients having DNR orders without their family’s knowledge.

Massey University professor of Nursing and executive director of the College of Nurses, Jenny Carryer, said it was best practice in New Zealand for DNR orders to only be placed after discussions with patients and their family.

“I’ve seen it in practice and this would happen in the majority of cases.”
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