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Unilateral Non Resuscitation at Mass. General!

by | May 12, 2014


By Wesley J. Smith

Wesley Smith

Wesley Smith

According to a medical study, since 2006, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Bioethics Committee has imposed unilateral DNRs to force people to not receive wanted resuscitation. And apparently, it’s all done in Star Chamber secrecy. From Thaddeus Pope’s blog (quoting from a medical symposium presentation):

“Unilateral Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) orders are a specific type of medical futility decision in which clinicians withhold advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in the event of cardiopulmonary arrest despite objections of patients or their surrogates. There is little information on how often and to whom unilateral DNR orders are applied. The ethics committee at Massachusetts General Hospital has had a unilateral DNR policy since 2006. We investigated the incidence, sociodemographic and clinical predictors, and outcomes of patients with unilateral DNR orders.”

If I read this correctly, thirty-eight percent of those upon whom the unilateral DNRs [were imposed] appear not to have been at the end stage of a terminal disease:

“Patients for whom unilateral DNR was recommended were more likely to have conditions judged to be endstage rather than potentially reversible (62% versus 41%, p=0.05).”

And who can be surprised that non whites were more likely to have an involuntary DNR imposed?

This is medical tyranny. People are refused potentially life-saving treatment based on the secret views of strangers in committee who have given themselves the power to so dictate.


Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.

Categories: Euthanasia