Patients' Do Not Resuscitate Requests a Legal Order

Nothing could be more devastating than being diagnosed with a terminal illness. It’s an emotional journey not only for the patient, but also for the family and friends. During this highly sensitive period of trying to accept and deal with something so traumatising, you will have to consider certain matters.

One such a matter is whether or not you would want to be resuscitated should you suffer cardiac or respiratory arrest. In most cases patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal or life threatening illness the choice is to order Do Not Resuscitate requests where a medical practitioner will be prohibited from taken the necessary steps to resuscitate the patient, allowing the patient his wishes of having a natural death. Do Not Resuscitate requests, otherwise referred to as DNRs, are regarded as a form of passive euthanasia.

If you are considering Do Not Resuscitate requests, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a professional. As one of our specialised services, Adele van der Walt Attorneys will be happy to discuss this subject with you and your next of kin in more detail. Thereby followed with any specified stipulations we can document your DNR request which can act as your voice should the situation occur where you might require resuscitation. Even if you are not diagnosed with a terminal illness it is well within your rights to stipulate whether or not you would want to be resuscitated should a situation require such medical proceedings.

If you would like more information on Do Not Resuscitate requests or are in need of a healthcare representative to draw up your DNR contract, contact Adele van der Walt Attorneys. Our team of medical attorneys will guide you through the details and provide you with all the information you require.

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