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Postby Henriettab » Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:22 pm

A difficult question
If someone in their 90s has Stage 4 ckd , then gets acute kidney failure, has vascular dementia, is on an IV drip for infection- not sure if sepsis but not a UTI-possibly infection from leg ulcers, fractured spine, cataracts and nearly deaf
At what point do Drs decide to withdraw treatment if there is a DNR in place?
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Postby Tibbs » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:33 am

From my understanding, nothing is withdrawn on DNR, you just don't get rescuscitated if you go into cardiac arrest or something else happens and your heart stops.

Deciding to withdraw is a whole other thing and usually covered off by a living will or similar. If they don't have one then it will be discussed by the doctors with the family or whoever has power of attorney. Doctors won't just withdraw feeding or other care unilaterally.

source: my experience
26/11/12 - Live donor transplant from my dad
6/1/13 - Discharged - Rejection episode over
7/1/13 - Getting on with life
24/9/13 - Left Radical Nephrectomy of Native Kidney due to cancerous tumour
14/10/13 - Back to work, getting on with life
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Postby SKM23435 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:58 pm

Agree with Tibs.
DNR is a do not resuscitate order.
It does not relate to other treatments - just resuscitation.
So if the person who has one (your dad I assume) has a cardiac arrest he will not be resuscitated (in effect brought back from the dead) but all other treatments are not covered by this.
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Postby Henriettab » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:35 pm

Thank you .
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