Survey shows mixed views on DNR use in pediatric care

08/27/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

In a survey of 266 pediatric physicians and nurses, about 52% of whom worked in an ICU, 67% said a do-not-resuscitate order should be used only in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, while 33% said it should be applied more generally for limiting treatments. Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital reported in JAMA Pediatrics that 69% of the clinicians said the care for patients with life-threatening illnesses changed with a DNR order and about 52% said the changes extended to limiting or withdrawing diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

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