Do I have the right to refuse CPR? - page 2

I do not have a terminal illness. However, I feel it is my right to refuse "CPR" despite the fact that I do not have a terminal illness. Can a lawyer help me fill out the necessary paperwork? Thanks... Read More

  1. by   teeituptom
    Its already tattooed on my chest
  2. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Legalities aside, I still like the idea of a uvula tatooed "Do Not Intubate." (visualize that!)
  3. by   Blackcat99
    :chuckle Thanks for all your great messages. I was saddened to hear that having DNR tattooed on your chest would not be sufficient. I had planned to get a tattoo like that myself because I thought it would make clear my desires.
  4. by   lady_jezebel
    Why in the world would you refuse CPR? What if you're simply choking on a chicken bone? What if you were a near-drowning, and needed the water cleared from your lungs? What if your heart simply misfired, and you passed out? I don't get it.
  5. by   Mike RGN
    Quote from CIRQL8


    Keep in mind, that even w/ advanced directives, present family can insist, and to err on the side of caution and avoid costly litigation, health care providers will always try to save (when in doubt...)
    Dave
    Can family do this is the US? The UK take the families wishes into the decision but they have no legal right to insist on treatment or no treatment, the decision is based upon the best interest of the patient including thier religious, spiritual and medical needs. The advanced directive only gives they patient point of view if they are unable to give it themselves.

    I agree with the point to err on the side of caution if doubt exist.
  6. by   canoehead
    In an emergency like choking they will not have time to look up the necessary paperwork and will go ahead no matter what papers you have on file. However, by the time they finally get the paperwork I will either be fixed or still gone, and frankly, if I have been gone for more than 10 minutes I would just as soon they let me go. So I have already done up my DNR paperwork, but have stopped short of the tattoo.
  7. by   joannep
    I would like to think that I could have the do-not-resusitate message tattooed on my chest, but I think the message would get lost in the valley of my ample boosom.
    I did read about an elderly retired nurse in the UK who did have it tattooed on her chest.
    Joanne
  8. by   teeituptom
    Quote from joannep
    I would like to think that I could have the do-not-resusitate message tattooed on my chest, but I think the message would get lost in the valley of my ample boosom.
    I did read about an elderly retired nurse in the UK who did have it tattooed on her chest.
    Joanne

    I dont think I have your problem
  9. by   teeituptom
    Quote from lady_jezebel
    Why in the world would you refuse CPR? What if you're simply choking on a chicken bone? What if you were a near-drowning, and needed the water cleared from your lungs? What if your heart simply misfired, and you passed out? I don't get it.

    Wait till your my age, then ask that question again
  10. by   Mike RGN
    Quote from joannep
    I would like to think that I could have the do-not-resusitate message tattooed on my chest, but I think the message would get lost in the valley of my ample boosom.
    I did read about an elderly retired nurse in the UK who did have it tattooed on her chest.
    Joanne
    We use the article you mentioned about the elderly retired nurse in ethics around resus, most would Resucitate this lady unless they had read the article in the paper.

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