DNR orders are tied to worse surgery outcomes, study finds

04/18/2011 | Reuters

Researchers found that almost 25% of patients with do-not-resuscitate orders died within a month of surgery -- a percentage almost three times higher compared with a control group -- although the outcomes varied based on surgery type. The study in the Archives of Surgery also found a higher number of complications, such as pneumonia and stroke, among those with DNR orders.

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