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TRIAD XII: are patients aware of and agree with DNR or POLST orders in their medical records.

Mirarchi FL, Juhasz K, Cooney TE, et al. TRIAD XII: Are Patients Aware of and Agree With DNR or POLST Orders in Their Medical Records. J Patient Saf. 2019;15(3):230-237. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000631.

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September 11, 2019
Mirarchi FL, Juhasz K, Cooney TE, et al. J Patient Saf. 2019;15(3):230-237.

This single-center study found that Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLSTs) created at hospital admission often do not reflect the true wishes of patients and their caregivers. When queried by study staff, 44% of patients expressed wishes for life-sustaining treatment that differed from their designated code status; this resulted in revocation of the DNR order in more than one-third of patients with a discrepancy. A prior study argued that inaccurate documentation of patient's wishes for end-of-life care should be considered a medical error.

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Mirarchi FL, Juhasz K, Cooney TE, et al. TRIAD XII: Are Patients Aware of and Agree With DNR or POLST Orders in Their Medical Records. J Patient Saf. 2019;15(3):230-237. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000631.