A DNR order does not mean do not care.

Family members are afraid to speak out publicly against the hospice, fearing the hospice will sue them for slander. They know that the hospice staff may lie saying that the patient had severe pain when they did not, in order to justify the high doses of morphine or other opioid given. But no hospice is going to sue the bereaved family member. They may explain away their statements saying, "they're having a difficult time coping." But suing them? I don't think so. So, why not speak up?

Do not resuscitate: reflections on an ethical dilemma.

Do-not-resuscitate order: A view throughout the world.

The difficult choice: do not resuscitate dnr

And the major media outlets give physicians like Ira Byock, MD and Joanne Lynn, MD the royal treatment in terms of coverage. Their words are "the voice" of hospice in America today. In the "" television special on death and dying hosted by the late Tim Russert of NBC, Byock and Lynn are both included (representing hospice and palliative care) among the 14 presenters. Karen Stanley, RN, MSN, AOCN (from yes, Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California) speaks as does Arthur Caplan, PhD (one of the leading secular bioethicists in America). Willard Gaylin, MD, the self-proclaimed communist, euthanasia advocate, and co-founder of the Hastings Center is also included. What does that tell you? And, the program is funded by, no surprise here: The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation that funded the Last Acts initiatives (naming Hospice of the Florida Suncoast a Rallying Points regional hospice center), that has funded many of the educational programs to change how Americans die and think about dying, promoting the quality of life ethic, not the sanctity of life ethic.

Do not resuscitate convosation - British Lung …

True reform of the health care system can never occur when methods of hastening death or directly imposing death are included in the mix. Respect for the patient's life and clinically excellent end-of-life care are not possible when euthanasia, assisted-suicide and/or palliative sedation are used to impose death. They are mutually exclusive.

Preferences for resuscitation and intubation among patients with do-not-resuscitate/do-not-intubate orders.

News Tribune | Central MO Breaking News

Well, I've mentioned these before, but let's get into the details. The "" ("P.O.L.S.T.") forms are being implemented in many states around the country and will likely soon be made available in every state. P.O.L.S.T. is considered a "paradigm" by those promoting them. The "paradigm" is the model way of thinking about and implementing orders that limit life-sustaining treatments at the end-of-life. And that is the key thing about these forms: they are orders, not "a patient's wishes," and a physician is supposed to fill them out after considering the patient's wishes.

There is discussion about futile care to patients in intensive care settings and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders for surgical patients.

Death Over Dinner - How death came to dinner

Why would they if the National Right to Life Committee "bought into" the lie that hospice was only run as a pro-life end-of-life care industry that allowed a natural death in its own timing? Some hospice and palliative care units do not hasten death. Some. Many do hasten death I'm sad to say. Twenty years ago, that would not have been true. But such dramatic work and millions of dollars have been poured into transforming the industry into "euthanasia heaven." is what it's taken to taint the industry.

Take the patient who needs a palliative surgery but has a do-not-resuscitate ..

2013-03-07 · An 87-year-old woman drops to the floor

You see, even though the public has heard about DNR forms, Advanced Directives, Power of Attorney forms and others, they are often not actually created by many patients. People put off having these documents made. People don't like to sign away their rights and they don't like to think about their own decline and death. So, those interested in limiting treatments to the elderly, disabled and terminally ill created the P.O.L.S.T. forms so that physicians can accomplish the same thing anyway, without the patient's signature! It will be quite easy for the physicians around the country to fill them out and have almost universal utilization of these forms.

How Doctors Die | Essay | Zócalo Public Square

It reminds me of a call I got about seven years ago about a hospital registered nurse in a Northwestern state who noticed a physician writing "Do Not Resuscitate" "DNR" on dozens and dozens of charts all at one sitting. She knew these patients on her wing of the hospital and knew they were not dying and were certainly capable of recovering. She knew they had requested to be placed on DNR status. When she went up to the physician to ask him what he was doing, he became infuriated and yelled at her, trying to intimidate her.