Did you hear about this story? The story was originally published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
A man was rushed to the University of Miami with a Do Not Resuscitate tattoo on his upper body.
The doctors in the Emergency Room were then faced with an ethical dilemma. Do we honor this man's request or do we do everything in our power to save his life?
They called in an ethical consultant who, after reviewing the case, told them to honor the man's wishes. A written DNR was eventually discovered and the man's wishes were honored.
Now thankfully, you and I as Health Unit Coordinators don't have to worry about making these types of decisions. All we're responsible for is making sure that if a DNR form, Living Will, or Advanced Directive is available, that it is on the front of the chart. We're also responsible for making sure that a DNR is flagged on the outside of the chart so that all medical personnel who are involved in the case are aware.