But The Family Said…DO NOT RESUSCITATE!

A student emailed in a great question and one in which can be a very tough one to answer!      It’s challenging enough to get bystanders to begin CPR.  But when we complicate the scenario with a person yelling; “They have a DNR, don’t do CPR or you’ll get sued!”   This can really complicate matters.  What do you do?   Stop CPR and hope that the withholding of potentially life saving CPR is legitimate?  Don’t stop CPR and continue to upset the people that are yelling stop in the first place?   Whoa! Tough spot to be in.

In this episode I’m going to do my best to explain the very complicated issue surrounding Do Not Resuscitate orders(DNR) when CPR is already in progress or about to begin.

Sample of Proposed DNR Guidelines From BENO-Ethics

Roy Shaw

Roy is the lead trainer and co-founder of ProTrainings. He is also an EMT paramedic whose opinions about rescue come from many years of experience on the ambulance.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookLinkedInGoogle PlusYouTube

One comment on “But The Family Said…DO NOT RESUSCITATE!

  1. Roy good clip. I will find out what applies for where I live and yet you know. I live in the Northwest territorries in Canada and rulesare different here. For years we had no good |samaratin act but that may have changed recently. I was told bya first aid instructor that it is in effect here now but I will check. Thanks greg

Leave a Reply