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Higher 30-Day Mortality for Surgery Patients With DNR

Patients with "do not resuscitate" (DNR) orders are more likely to die within 30 days of surgery, independent of other factors, a new study has found.
Compared with non-DNR patients, more than twice as many DNR patients died within 30 days of surgery (8.4% versus 23.1%, P<0 .001=".001" and="and" at="at" colleagues="colleagues" em="em" in="in" md="md" online="online" reported="reported" roman="roman" sanziana="sanziana" university="university" yale="yale">Archives of Surgery
. As well, the DNR patients were more likely to die no matter what surgical procedure was performed (35.5% versus 17.8%, and 16.6% versus 5.5% for emergent and nonemergent procedures, respectively, P<0 .001=".001" all="all" for="for" p="p">.
 

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