Ethics in the OR: DNR and patient autonomy.


Suspending Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders during surgery may undermine a patient's right to self-determination. A Nursing Ethics Committee together with a Clinical Ethics Committee formulate guidelines to consider when suspending or maintaining a patient's DNR order while in the operating room. A patient's autonomy must be recognized as well as the professional responsibilities of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.

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@article{Igoe1993EthicsIT, title={Ethics in the OR: DNR and patient autonomy.}, author={Sarah Igoe and S Cascella and Kelly Stockdale}, journal={Nursing management}, year={1993}, volume={24 9}, pages={112A, 112D, 112H} }