Problematic DNR Orders

Charles Jones, 87, is readmitted from a nursing home one day after hospital discharge where he had been treated for persistent loss of appetite and abdominal pain. His death was anticipated in weeks to months. Upon being readmitted to the hospital, Mr. Jones is dehydrated and moaning as if he is in severe pain. Mr. Jones also has coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, and recurrent pleural effusions. He is barely conscious, requires a transfusion of four units of blood, and is not expected to live to discharge. ...

Also: Malpractice frustration, Abuse of nurses.

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