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DNR ambiguity: Making the right call on scene

In this episode, our co-hosts discuss a recent news item that delves into the topic of Do Not Resuscitate orders and how providers can find clarity in the moment

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In this episode of Inside EMS, co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson discuss a recent news article out of Florida regarding a Fla. patient’s Do Not Resuscitate order. The family of the patient alleges EMS providers violated the legal wishes of Celeste Salanitri, 81, who suffered from end-stage Parksinson’s disease, after she was treated for a fall at an assisted living facility.

“There is so much ambiguity when it comes to DNR’s that EMS providers need to be up on how to handle when nursing staff or family members say there is a DNR in place,” Cebollero says.

Our co-hosts end the show by describing a series of DNR scenarios to consider how they would respond in the moment.

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