Saturday, December 19, 2015

Do Not Resuscitate Orders

  • When a DNR order is on a chart, doctors often refrain from implementing other life-sustaining treatment
  • Some patients are pressured to sign DNR orders, worded with medical jargon they do not understand, when they are in a confused state. 
At VGH the patient doesn't even sign a DNR, only the doctor, and no witnesses are required.

Under our forthcoming Euthanasia law, euthanasia cannot be executed on a patient who is incompetent.  My understanding is that with a DNR, it is the reverse, if a patient is incompetent his surrogate can authorize a DNR.

from the Terry Schiavo Life and Hope Network:

"What is happening to Chris Dunn at Houston Methodist happens daily in medical facilities nationwide," says Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

Schindler continues, "The rights of patients and their family members have been abrogated and turned over to complete strangers—ethics committees, hospital boards and health care professionals. Even in such heartbreaking cases as Mr. Dunn, who is literally begging for his care to be continued, the hospital seems to be taking whatever action possible to remove him from its balance sheet. Hospital administrators should not be able to summarily deny the civil liberties of a disabled patient."

Vancouver Coastal Health denied Randy his civil liberties and also imprisoned him so that I could not access him.  We do not have to say that Chris Dunn is in the USA, the same thing is happening here in Canada.  Bobby Schindler at least laid the blame on money which is the reason for draconian decisions. 

I have asked that the Public Guardian and Trustee to investigate George Pearson Centre, but it hasn't even answered my communication.

Harry Rankin once said to say "coverup" and you will get action but VGH/PGT are immune to even that.  I do not know what to do.

Quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and most inhumane."


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