Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What if the DNR can not be found?

Recently I posted my answers to the EMT Refresher notes on "Do Not Resuscitate" advance directives. Sometimes an EMT will go on a scene where the family members say that there is an advance directive but the actual paperwork is not present. Do you follow the wishes of the family members or do you do your job as an EMT?

It's my belief that an EMT should always follow protocol for the state that they work in. Consider initiating treatment to the patient immediately.

Contact medical direction for instructions on how to proceed. Be sure to tell them that there is no advance directive available but the family members say that the patient does have one.

Continue treatment until the problem has been resolved.


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