Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care.
So today’s tip is about silent DNR’s or silent NFR’s. So for those of you that don’t know what the DNR or NFR stands for, DNR stands for “Do Not Resuscitate” and NFR stands “Not For Resuscitation”, which in essence is the same.
So basically what that means, the ICU may have already asked you or other family members, whether you want your loved one being DNR or NFR, which in essence means that your loved one would not be resuscitated in case of their heart stopping, or in case of any deterioration, or at least there would be limits around treatment.
So, if you followed my blog for any length of time, you would know that I strongly oppose to consent to DNR. But even if you have opposed to a DNR or an NFR, that doesn’t mean the ICU is going to stop. So that’s when I want to talk about the quote unquote silent DNR, basically what that means is if the ICU thinks there should be a DNR or an NFR for your loved one, it means they are probably slowly withholding treatment or they’re not giving the best treatment options.
Even though your loved one might have an advanced care plan where the advanced care plan might say your loved one wants everything to be done. So what do you do in a situation like that? If you are concerned about that the ICU is basically imposing a silent DNR and it’s not doing the best, giving your loved one the best treatment. You need to contact us as quickly as possible because we can help you with this. We can find out, number one, is the ICU doing everything within their power to get your loved one out of ICU alive? Or are they slowly introducing the silent DNR and now they slowly withholding treatment without you even recognizing.
And that’s why intensive care, you know, is such a highly specialized area and the biggest challenge for families in intensive care, is simply that you don’t know what you don’t know. But with the consulting advocacy service like ours, we can help you very quickly and find out very quickly what the best treatment options are for your loved one, and we can help you get it because again, we can talk on that clinical level with the ICU that most families simply can’t do. And we can find out very quickly what needs to happen to get your loved one best care and treatment.
So that’s my tip for today. This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days.
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