An older man with dementia was admitted to hospital. He was placed on a ward in which every patient had a ‘do not resuscitate’ order placed on their file.
His advocate came to visit him and noticed the DNR, which wasn’t signed by a doctor. She queried it and was told that everyone on the ward had a DNR automatically.
The client was not aware of the DNR and his advocate believed him to have some level of capacity to take the information on board. In addition he had two estranged daughters who had visited but were not consulted or informed. She challenged this using the right to life and the right not to be discriminated against.
The DNR was withdrawn.
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