Saturday, December 3, 2022
Home HEALTH Sensitivity in 'do not resuscitate' decisions is vital | Health

Sensitivity in ‘do not resuscitate’ decisions is vital | Health

Paralympian Helene Raynsford has brought to light the distress caused when DNR (do not resuscitate) decisions and discussions are not made appropriately (Paralympian Helene Raynsford was asked to sign the “do not resuscitate” form, 22 of November). This is symptomatic of long-standing problems with communication around DNRs, which have been exacerbated during the pandemic. Basing these decisions on assumptions about someone’s disability or age is not only unacceptable, but also illegal. Doing so can have a catastrophic impact on people’s trust in the healthcare system and may result in them being denied adequate life-saving treatment.

Making assumptions based on disability or age also undermines the essential role DNR decisions play in end-of-life care. When made and communicated correctly, these decisions protect patients from invasive and often unhelpful treatment that can do more harm than good. They can also open up important conversations about someone’s end-of-life wishes.

It’s a decision many people want to make proactively: the proportion of calls Compassion in Dying received on this topic more than doubled in 2020, with the vast majority seeking support in refusing CPR and other life-sustaining treatment in case of emergency. make them seriously ill. .

As Helene has said, people need to be in the driver’s seat of their care. DNR discussions should always involve the person or those close to them, and be based on their circumstances and wishes. Helene’s experience should act as a warning that there is much more work to be done to ensure this is a reality for all.
Usha grieves
Director of Partnerships and Services, Compassion in Dying

[ad_2]

RELATED ARTICLES

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Adderall and amoxicillin shortages raise questions about transparency at Big Pharma

Critical shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall and the antibiotic amoxicillin have left families reeling as the medications their loved ones need become harder...

Humberside Police judged ‘outstanding’ five years after being classified as failing | politics

A police force has gone from being classified as a failure five years ago to receiving the highest ratings in the modern era from...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Adderall and amoxicillin shortages raise questions about transparency at Big Pharma

Critical shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall and the antibiotic amoxicillin have left families reeling as the medications their loved ones need become harder...

Humberside Police judged ‘outstanding’ five years after being classified as failing | politics

A police force has gone from being classified as a failure five years ago to receiving the highest ratings in the modern era from...

Readers discuss Trump devotees, Republican love of guns and healthy eating – New York Daily News

Medford, LI: On successive news days this Thanksgiving week, I read that US Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate...