Can a family member insist on resuscitation if the patient did not want resuscitation and completed a DNR?
The decision regarding resuscitation efforts belongs with the adult patient him or herself and to no one else unless the patient becomes incapacitated before making clear what their wishes would be. If a valid DNR order exists, that order and the patient’s wishes will be followed, unless there is substantial question about the accuracy or validity of the document. Patients have the right to make their own decisions.
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