Do-Not-Resuscitate Order: Care Home Use Reviewed


Yes, a review of the use of DNARs in the Coronavirus pandemic earlier in the year is urgently required, for the pandemic is still with us and the use of DNARs could well surface again.

For DNARs to be applied there should be a discussion with each individual and also their family for this is the concept of ‘choice’.

To apply a ‘blanket’ order is completely wrong and brings us into the realm of ‘Big Brother’, the directive of authorities.

If this is not done, what could occur next, could it be the introduction of compulsory euthanasia by, the Government?

Same Difference

The use of do-not-attempt-resuscitate (DNAR) orders is to be reviewed after a number were wrongly applied in care homes at the start of the pandemic.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will investigate concerns that some care homes still have blanket orders in place covering groups of residents.

It became clear that blanket use was in place in some care homes in the early weeks of the pandemic.

But it was widely condemned by the CQC and medical bodies.

The decision about whether or not to attempt resuscitation if a very sick person falls dangerously ill is supposed to be discussed with the individual, or family members if they are too sick.

Doctors can make a decision on the spot without consultation in exceptional circumstances.

However, the decisions are always supposed to be made on an individual case-by-case basis.

The health minister Lord Bethell has asked the CQC to investigate the…

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