witnessing a DNR - page 5

by turnforthenurseRN 7,908 Views | 45 Comments

We had a patient who was actively dying. The MD spoke with the family and they were deciding whether or not to make this patient a DNR. I went into the patient's room with the primary RN to see the patient; their eyes were... Read More


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    My hospital does this too....if the Family chooses to be a DNR, there is a form that is filled out that requires 2 witnesses also....and usually hospital visitors are used. I'm in the Houston area. I have seen it as both Family+md order only, and the 2 witnesses form. I will also, look for a policy regarding this.
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    Perhaps families & hospital employees cannot witness wills? (As in the who-gets-my-stuff-type of will).
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    In FL the official form for DNRO valid outside of a hospital is signed by the patient or the legal representative (POA, HCS, guardian) and the MD/DO. No other witnesses needed.
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    Quote from AnonRNC
    Perhaps families & hospital employees cannot witness wills? (As in the who-gets-my-stuff-type of will).
    a DNR is not a will
    KelRN215 likes this.
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    Quote from Esme12
    a DNR is not a will
    I know...I just thought that may be a possible source of confusion. The term "living will" may mislead some.
    psu_213 likes this.
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    Different states have different regulations and different terminology which is a part of the problem but I have NEVER heard of gathering random visitors to witness any document about another patient.

    I am sure we don't have the complete story....If we do then the hospital is doing something against HIPAA.


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