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Joan M. Teno, MD, MS; April 2008
Despite having a signed DNR (do not resuscitate) form, an elderly man brought to the emergency department with severe pain was rushed to the operating room for urgent abdominal aortic aneurysm repair.
Journal Article > Commentary
Katsetos AD, Mirarchi FL. J Emerg Med. 2011;40:629-632.
This case report describes an error in which physicians mistook a patient's living will for a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order. The authors discuss common misunderstandings about advanced directives and DNR orders as well as how such mix-ups may affect patient care and safety.