I was at a committee meeting today. We discussed color coded bracelets that our hospital is considering. One of them is a blue bracelet for DNR patients. It was mentioned that they also want to write 'DNR' on it.
I feel strongly that this is a violation of patient privacy. It advertises to any visitor that the patient has made the decision to be a DNR. I was very vocal about my feelings regarding this. I was the only bedside nurse in the meeting. I think this is basically 'outing' the patient to the world. Many members of the public know what DNR means. It can cause dissension between family members, it can cause people with more extreme views regarding extension of life to make trouble for decision making family members, and it's making visable to any visitor the private information of the patient.
I feel strongly that a blue bracelet should suffice to communicate with members of the healthcare team and that adding DNR to the bracelet is wrong.
Any imput on this would be appreciated.
Not to be rude but...so what? What's wrong with patients making their wishes known to the entire world? I would think that's what the patient wants, that if they were to code in such a manner that required intubation or "heroic measures," they would want the world to know to let them go peacefully without the threat of trauma or lengthening their life with no added quality to it. If those were my wishes and my ability to make this decision while of sound mind were all I had left, and my will and legacy depended on it, I would want everyone to know it, regardless of whether they were part of a health care team or not.
Last edit by GregRN on Nov 29, '07