Ethics of Life Support and Resuscitation

Paul A. Hattis, Ila S. Rothschild, Sidney D. Rosoff, Judith Areen, Richard J. Calvert, Michael P. Mcquillen, Frederic L. Sax, Mary E. Charlson, Jeffrey R. Botkin, Lynn M. Peterson, Saul J. Farber, C. V. Plowe, John E. Ruark, Thomas A. Raffin, Tom Tomlinson, Howard Brody, Leslie J. Blackhall

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1754-1759
Number of pages6
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 30 1988
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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