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Do-Not-Resuscitate Decisions on a Psychiatric Unit
Mark Webb; Jess Amchin
Psychiatric Services 1990; doi:
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Allegheny Neuropsychiatric Institute and The Medical College of Pennsylvania, Allegheny Campus, Both in Pittsburgh

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, The Center for Medical Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh

1990 by the American Psychiatric Association

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DNR decisions on a psychiatric unit should reflect adequate staff CPR training and preparation, adequate medical consultation, a thorough assessment of the patient's competency, adequate surrogate decision-making if the patient is not competent, and appropriate milieu management and education. We wish to underscore the widely held principle that DNR status should not result in the abandonment of other aspects of treatment, whether medical or psychiatric. We believe there is a limited but appropriate role for DNR decisions on a psychiatric unit.

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