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Advance Directives in the Operating Room: Revised Statement – American College of Surgeons

by jmiller on January 24, 2014

The American College of Surgeons (Bull Am Coll Surg, Jan)  has issued a revised statement from its original 1994 policy on Advance Directies in the operating room.  Basically, there is now a requirement that a “reconsideration discussion” should occur as early as practical after a decision is made to have surgery to clarify patient’s wishes.  “Policies that lead either to the automatic enforcement of all DNR orders or to disregarding or automatically cancelling such orders do not sufficiently support a patient’s right to self- determination.” Click here  to read full text..

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