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Hospitals reconsider universal Do Not Resuscitate orders


I'm Anthony Davis hospitals on the front line of the pandemic are engaged in heated private debate over a calculation few have encountered in their lifetimes how to weigh the save at all costs approach to resuscitating a dying patient against the real danger of exposing doctors and nurses to the corona viruses contagion the conversations a driven by the realization that the risk to starve amid dwindling stores of protective equipment. Such as mosques gowns and gloves may be too great to justify the conventional response when a patient codes and their heart or breathing storms northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has been discussing. A universal. Do not resuscitate policy for infected patients regardless of the wishes of the patient or their family members a wrenching decision to prioritize the lives of the many over the one the concerns are not just about healthcare workers getting sick but also about them potentially carrying the virus to other patients in the hospital healthcare providers bound by oath and in some states by law to do everything they can within the bounds of modern technology to save a patient's life absent an order such as DNA to do otherwise but as cases mount amid a national shortage of personal protective equipment or P. P. Hospitals are beginning to implement emergency measures that will either minimize modify or completely stop the use of certain procedures on patients with Cova Nineteen. Changing or eliminating. Those protocols is likely to decrease some patients chances of survival

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