Texas Bill Would OK Physician-Imposed DNR Orders Without Consent

[Editor’s note: physican-imposed DNR orders without patient consent are already being utilized in Alaska.]

by Wesley J. Smith

I just returned home from Austin, Texas, where I testified against SB 303–a very bad bill that would permit doctors to force DNAR orders on patient’s charts without consent, requiring the patient to “appeal.” (“Do Not Attempt Resuscitation,” aka, DNR, Do Not Resuscitate.”)

More on my testimony later. But relevant to the question, a new study shows improved results from CPR. From, “New Data to Consider in DNR Decisions,” by Judith Graham in the New York Times:

“What has not been clear is what happened to older hospital patients who left the hospital after a cardiac arrest. Now a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine of 6,972 elderly people who survived in-hospital cardiac arrests between 2000 and 2008 gives some answers. A year after exiting the hospital, 58.5 percent of these older patients were still alive. Of this group, 48 percent had little or no neurological impairment, while 52 percent had moderate or severe neurological damage. Forty percent of older patients who survived CPR returned to life at home; the remaining 60 percent went to nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities or hospices.”

And some of that data is more than ten years old, a long time in the medical field in which advancements come exponentially. Indeed, I am reading a fascinating book entitled Erasing Death, which is, among other issues, about the vast improvements in rehabilitation science and how innovative approaches are leading to amazing recoveries with restored function in people who would once have been “not only merely dead, but really most sincerely dead,” as the Wizard of Oz song lyric had it.

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