Doctors Mark Patient ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Without Patient or Family’s Consent

Doctors Mark Patient ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Without Patient or Family’s Consent

Doctors at a Dorset hospital signed a do not resuscitate order for June Brook 79 without telling her or her family.
June Brook was admitted to Royal Bournemouth Hospital with sickness and diarrhoea but whilst she was in hospital an order was issued not to resuscitate her if it was required.
The order which was found in Mrs Brook’s bag following her discharge from the hospital stated her family were not available.
The hospital has apologised for the incident and said they will launch an investigation into the matter.
Mrs Brook’s order which will remain in her patient records was dated and signed by two doctors on 10 October 2013. The order states that CPR would be inappropriate because Mrs Brook has dementia.
Mrs Brook’s son Kevin told the BBC:
“It would basically have meant that they would not have resuscitated her and she would now no longer with us.
“To me it looks like a death warrant.
“It’s like legalised euthanasia. I’m gobsmacked – I don’t know why they have written it.”
A hospital spokesman commented on the issue:
“When a clinical decision needs to be made that CPR should be attempted and the patient is not able to do this relatives must be consulted. They may be able to help by indicating what the patient would decide if able to do so.
“On this occasion this discussion did not happen for which we sincerely apologise. The reasons why this did not happen and why proper processes for communicating with next of kin were not followed are being investigated.
“We have not received any communication from the patient’s family and we will therefore be contacting them to clearly understand their concerns and help us carry out a thorough investigation and learn from this. Further education for staff on this part of the patient pathway would form part of this improvement.”

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