Ethical Issues: DNR Revisited
Fleming, David A.
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In most cultures, when making treatment decisions for adults, children, and neonates with end stage illness, there tends to be universal agreement that overly aggressive treatment should be discouraged when death is near and further intervention is felt to be futile. This includes the use of CPR, artificial hydration and nutrition, unnecessary diagnostic procedures, and interventions that may sustain life but not necessarily provide optimal patient comfort.
Ethical Issues Series;Feb. 2005
Center for Health Ethics publications