Quote from elkpark
PS, laughingfairy -- DNR means "do not resuscitate," not "do not treat [I
I'm sorry if I was not clear. That is what I meant. We have a number of docs and/or families who want to treat it that way. We have had the hospital send people back with little notes or on the discharge instructions. "pt is DNR DO NOT send back to hosp" and I mean residents who have gone into resp distress, change in mental status post fall, etc. Emmerging (sp) conditions that should be treated, totally unrelated to the DNR or comfort care orders.
I want to scream at them somedays "YOU MEAN my Resident who walks, talks, A&O x3, but has had the foresight to be a DNR, because that is what she WANTS, if she is found DEAD CANNOT
get treatment in your ER for a fx, resp distress, etc?"
Granted the ones that they act like this with usually are chronically ill, not the walky talky type. But it is the same thing. And that is what I personally find so frustrating. Drs and families who decide to have "DNR" "Do not hospitilize" or "Comfort care" and seem to think that everything is just done, that we has health care providers should not even attempt to fix, fixable things like UTIs, pneumonia, chf, etc.