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Special Article
October 27, 2003

Ethical Challenges of Partial Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders: Placing DNR Orders in the Context of a Life-Threatening Conditions Care Plan

Author Affiliations

From Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY, and State University of New York, Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook. The author has no relevant financial interest in this article.

Arch Intern Med. 2003;163(19):2270-2275. doi:10.1001/archinte.163.19.2270

Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders are commonly found in treatment plans for patients near the end of life. Orders for partial resuscitation (eg, "do not intubate") have evolved from DNR orders. Although the ethics of DNR orders have been widely examined in the medical literature, little has been written about the ethics of partial resuscitation. This article explores the ethical implications of partial DNR orders and identifies the need to develop care plans addressing life-threatening conditions for patients with DNR orders.

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