Ethics in the OR: DNR and patient autonomy.


Abstract:  Suspending Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders during surgery may undermine a patient’s right to self-determination. A Nursing Ethics Committee together with a Clinical Ethics Committee formulate guidelines to consider when suspending or maintaining a patient’s DNR order while in the operating room. A patient’s autonomy must be recognized as well as the professional responsibilities of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses.


Nursing Management


1993 Sep;24(9):112A, 112D, 112H.

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Journal Article


Igoe S, Cascella S, Stockdale K.