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Con Do Not Resuscitate orders are unethical and inhumane for the following reasons Logical arguments 1Life must be preserved at all cost 2Human beings cannot decide who lives and who dies 3Who decides what quality of life is Disability could also be defined as different ability 4 Birth and Death in the hands of God 5Killing infants and children with severe disabilities is not equal to saving health care dollars 6Often trauma affects caregivers after the assisted death of the child Let us cite some research articles and views of health care professionals on this issue 1In an article Resuscitation should not part of every death Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe Professor of cardiovascular epidemiology at University of Dundee at Ninewells Hospital United Kingdom writes that According to the Oxford Dictionary resuscitation means restoring life from apparent death with overtones of the resurrection of Christ Medical practice has introduced semantic confusion by corrupting the term to mean the often vain attempt to restore life And he continues to write that even in chronic progressive disease the transition to death is momentary and therefore sudden 2Dennis Briley consultant neurologist Stroke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury Buckinghamshire United Kingdom writes in his article Focus should be on treatments appropriate to diagnosis and regardless of age that resuscitation is usually successful 3Roger M Goss director Patient Concern argues in his article Without discussion these orders are unethical at any age that Do not resuscitate orders at any age without discussion are unethical Eradicating this practice in the NHS National Health Scheme requires legislation full stop rogerconcernhotmailcom 4An article published in CNN Interactive website titled Study Many do not resuscitate patients change their minds on admission new hospital patients are often asked what they would want done if their hearts stop beating About one in four congestive heart failure patients checked DNR in a survey of a thousand admittance records But nearly half
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