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#1 Posted : 10 January 2018 20:36:20(UTC)
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An employee has indicated that whilst at work if an incident occurs they do not want to be resuscitated. Does anyone have any guidance on this? My understanding is you can only request not to be resuscitated when in the care of the NHS.
#2 Posted : 10 January 2018 21:47:12(UTC)
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DNR can only apply where a medical professional is in possession of all the facts including the existence of a "living will" (a prior registered legal declaration by the individual regarding their care and treatment).

Consider the more likely scenarios such as your employee is knocked down on a public highway / collapses in a public space - any ambulance called would as a matter of course commence resuscitation as consent has to be presumed, even someone repeating "let me die" has to be treated.

They are completely free to wear an SOS talisman or similar with their wishes/contact/will details BUT this should not affect either the activity of your First Aiders or the timely calling of the Ambulance service.

We can and do change our minds over time and forget to update records.

Edited by user 10 January 2018 21:48:30(UTC)  | Reason: FFS

thanks 2 users thanked Roundtuit for this useful post.
Azza on 11/01/2018(UTC), lorna on 11/01/2018(UTC)
#3 Posted : 11 January 2018 12:35:56(UTC)
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I have come across people saying they don't want to have a defibrillator used on them and asking for a note to made to prevent first aiders from doing this.  In both cases the reason was that they had a pacemaker and wrongly believed that defibrillation would for this reason be a danger to them.

In this case does the person have a reason for their request and could it also be based on a misconception?

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