This is in Tennessee...
Not sure if you will read this or if you do if you will respond.
I was in the ICU with a terminal patient, a friend of mine. My wife, the nurse
and the doctor on the telephone talking to the patient. No family members were
there. She has no insurance. The doctor explained that she was going to die.
Nothing will help her get better. he asked her if she wanted a DNR on her
chart...she refused. Many times she refused. the nurse, doctor and my wife and I
heard it clearly. This was before she was medicated. She was well aware of
everything. She said no matter what they do to me I want to live, even with a tube down my throat in a nursing home.
As she was getting worse the next day there was a DNR placed on her chart. They
are now letting her die. No IV feeding. No assisted oxygen...nothing. Starving
her under heavy meds.
Can you tell me if it is legal to place a DNR order even after the patient
cleary said NO. I am having a hard time with this. I heard it. Now her wishes
are tossed to the side. How can that be? Why even ask the question if they do what they want anyway.
Please help.What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?