The do-not-resuscitate order. Still too little too late.

We reviewed the records of 274 consecutive deaths at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pa, occurring through May 1988 to examine the approach of physicians, patients, and families in making the decision to invoke the "do-not-resuscitate" order. Of these 274 patients who died, 171 (62%) had do-not-resuscitate orders. Of these 171 patients, 86… CONTINUE READING