To the Editor: We found it timely that the Journal published in its January 7 issue two articles — by Ruark et al.1 and Tomlinson and Brody2 — that discuss the withdrawal and initiation of life support, do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders, and related issues. As of January 1, 1988, all hospitals seeking accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations must have in place a policy concerning the withholding of resuscitation services to patients. The pertinent standards of the Joint Commission require that each hospital develop a DNR policy in consultation with its medical and nursing staff, as well.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||New England Journal of Medicine|
|State||Published - Jun 30 1988|
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