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Title: Partial DNR Orders
Author: Fleming, David A.
Date: 2003-12
Publisher: Center for Health Ethics
Series/Report no.: Ethical Issues Series;Dec. 2003
Abstract: Writing formal “Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) orders is a relatively new practice that has come about over the last 30 years as a result of medical innovation coupled with a growing understanding that sometimes it's just not in the patient's best interest to delay the process of dying, even if we can. The notion of doing a “partial code”, such as selectively not intubating or using medication only (“chemical code”), arose out of the recent patient autonomy movement.

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