A DNR Order (Do not resuscitate Order) Cannot Be Executed Unless Signed By A Physician
I received a telephone call a week or so ago from a client who was concerned that, based upon some things that he had recently heard, he may have executed some estate planning documents that would prevent him from being put on a ventilator if he contracted the coronavirus. I am sure that he is not the only one who has had that concern, so I believe that this is a good time to explain this issue in greater detail.
First, here in Ohio a DNR Order (Do not resuscitate order) form states that health care providers will not perform CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation), will not administer resuscitation medications with the intent of restarting the heart or breathing, will not insert an airway adjunct, will not de-fibrillate, cardiovert or initiate pacing and will not initiate continuous cardiac monitoring.
Health Care Decisions During The Coronavirus (COVID-19).
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Coronavirus: Health Care Durable Power of Attorney Covers All Health Care Decisions
These are scary times. These are stressful times. These are uncertain times. However, this is a time, more than ever, that we have to be prepared and educated as best we can for whatever the next few weeks or months have in store for us. We have seen preparation in full force in the form of people stocking up on basic supplies in their neighborhood stores. Hopefully, everyone is practicing social distancing. We hope that, through social distancing and good hygiene (Remember to wash your hands often!), neither our loved ones nor us will get sick and this will pass. However, we need to be prepared for the worst, which includes us or our loved ones becoming ill. With that in mind, it is important to be educated as to the need and purpose of health care documents.