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COVID-19 has literally made the entire world stop breathing. There is a new normal that has altered the way lives are lived.
As of May 6, 2020, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health have reported:
In the midst of the over-flooding news about COVID-19, there have been recent discussions concerning hospital policies regarding Do Not Resuscitate Orders (hereinafter referred to as “DNR orders”).
Brigham Health describes DNR orders as, written instructions from a physician telling health care providers not to perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). CPR uses mouth-to-mouth or machine breathing and chest compressions to restore the work of the heart and lungs when someone’s heart or breathing has stopped. It is an emergency rescue technique that was developed to save the life of people who are generally in good health. If you do not have a DNR orders, health care providers will begin CPR in an emergency.
COVID-19 is spread by:
Hospitals and medical professionals throughout the country are having discussions as to whether COVID-19 patients should have DNR orders because of the potential risk COVID-19 poses to the medical community treating COVID-19 patients.
To perform CPR to COVID-19 patients, medical professionals literally expose themselves to potentially contracting the virus. “The concerns are not just about health-care workers getting sick but also about them potentially carrying the virus to other patients in the hospital.”
On March 25, 2020, The Washington Post published the article “Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients,” and reported:
Though there have not been any official changes to hospital policies regarding COVID-19 and DNR orders, one must wonder what actions are medical professionals taking on the ground level, when supplies are low, fear is running rampant, and there is no end in sight.
Should you believe that life saving measures were not taken to save someone you love who may be a COVID-19 patient, here are some options to consider:
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