My great uncle Charles, not being in the best shape of anyone on the planet, has (had?) a DNR order; if he suffered a heart attack or something similar, orders were to let him die in peace, rather than try to resuscitate him. As far as I know, the medical staff in charge where he was knew about this.
They violated the DNR order. Any idea what we do about this? As far as I know, money isn’t really the reason for it so much as he’s rather old and living by himself, so if he were to suffer a debilitating stroke there wouldn’t really be much in the way of someone to care for him (his wife passed on a few years ago). He just didn’t want extraordinary measures taken to keep him alive if something were to happen. Evidently, such measures were taken, though I don’t know specifically what, only that the DNR order was not followed/violated/whatever the proper terminology is.
And if we could keep this away from “is it ever ethical to violate a DNR order?”, I’d greatly appreciate it. I put this in GQ for the reason that I’m hoping for a factual answer:)