This case examines perioperative suspension of a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order during surgery. The commentary considers the appropriateness of DNR orders; types of DNR order suspension in the context of alternative anesthesia techniques; and what is required from a surgeon, anesthesiologist, and patient or surrogate to reach a decision expressing the patient’s best interest. It concludes by offering communication recommendations based on joint discussion and decision sharing.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- Health(social science)
- Health Policy