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Unformatted text preview: was not likely that the patient was going to recover, it may seem almost inhumane to keep them alive if something else should happen. A DNR order would help in this situation, which would allow some sort of decision to be made if the patient were to suffer heart failure, for instance, but would also have to be agreed upon by the family members. Would it be ethical for the hospital and doctors to issue a DNR order to resolve the situation? It would help the situation if there was any evidence towards what the patients desires would be. For example, did the patient ever discuss a DNR-type situation with the children? Or, did the patient ever state their own personal thoughts on the issue of a DNR order or euthanasia? Any information at all may give the doctors enough evidence to override the family members who could not agree on a course of action....
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- Fall '08
- HILGARTNER, S