Unformatted text preview: this ever-changing field (Pozgar, 2010). Patients and families have the right to sign a “Do Not Resuscitate” order. Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders are those given by a physician indicating that in the event of a cardiac or respiratory arrest “no” resuscitative measures should be used to revive the patient (Pozgar, 2010). Also a withdrawal of treatment can be done when death is imminent and can’t be prevented with the available treatment, is this morally permissible. Withdrawal of treatment should be considered when (1) the patient is in a terminal condition and there is a reasonable expectation of imminent death of the patient and (2) the patient is in a noncognitive state with no reason- able possibility of regaining cognitive function, and/or restoration of cardiac function will last for a brief period (Pozgar, 2010). (Pozgar, G, 2010. Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Care Professionals....
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