Friday, June 20, 2014
A court in England ruled that patients should be consulted before a decision is made to put a Do Not Resuscitate notice in their medical file at a hospital. The court ruled that the human rights of a 62-year-old woman were violated when an order was placed in her file called a Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) without her being consulted first. She did not die as a result of the notice, as it was later removed when her daughter found out about it. The ruling did not order that National Guidelines be issued, as was also requested in the case.
See John Bingham, Doctors Should Consult Dying Patients in ‘Do Not Resucitate’ Decisions, Court Rules, The Telegraph, June 17, 2014.
Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.