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Comment: Re:CPR can be awful (Score 1) 646

by Drewcool (#38532642) Attached to: How Doctors Die

Laws and liability get more complicated further down the totem pole.

I am a (now seasonal) lifeguard and there is a lady that comes in every day that has explained to each guard that she has a DNR. Our standing orders are to perform CPR to the best of our abilities until the EMTs arrive and then allow them to make the legal decision to execute the DNR.

The reason being that a city owned aquatics center is easy and worthwhile to sue, especially for negligence. And I am unsure if my state's Good Samaritan law has a clause for following a DNR in good faith. Finally, miscommunication is rampant. I'd rather explain why I unnecessarily broke someone's ribs instead of why I was mistakenly informed that they should not be resuscitated.

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