Monday, April 18, 2011

Patients with do-not-resuscitate orders fare worse | Reuters

A new study could help people with a do-not-resuscitate order make better decisions about what surgeries they are willing to undergo.

About seven in 10 Americans die with such an order, which instructs healthcare workers not to use life-prolonging treatment if a patient's heart or breathing stops.

But other situations that aren't necessarily covered in the do-not-resuscitate, or DNR, orders may also be worth considering, researchers say.

The new report, out Monday in the Archives of Surgery, shows DNR patients have a higher chance of dying following surgery, although not with all kinds of procedures.


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