Health care attorney says presigned DNRs can be risky

03/20/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

Using "do not resuscitate" orders that are presigned by a physician and allow hospice staff to fill in a patient's name as needed may put hospices at legal risk, health care attorney Carolyn Buppert writes. She suggests obtaining the DNR order at the same time the order for hospice are is made. "An alternative would be for someone from hospice to be the messenger from the doctor's office to the patient's home, carrying the signed DNR form and placing it in the home for EMTs to review if the patient arrests," Buppert writes.

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