Each person’s life is valuable; each deserves care and respect in all stages. Haxtun Health is dedicated to using all of our professional health skills in caring for all our patients, including those whose illnesses have been diagnosed as incurable with the anticipated outcome as terminal. The decision to use, or not use, life-sustaining measures can be very difficult. At times, it’s important to do everything possible to bring an individual through an immediate crisis. At other times, a more appropriate decision may be to allow an individual to pass on.
We believe that dying is a natural part of living an should be made as comfortable as possible. Our care and support validate our belief in the human dignity of the person and concern for the family. With or without the use of life-sustaining or resuscitative measures, Haxtun Health is dedicated to providing high-quality medical attention, emotional support and comfort measures throughout the patients stay in our facility.
About a “No Cor” or “Do Not Resuscitate” Order:
A “No Cor” or Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order means that if a person stops breathing and his or her heart stops, no cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) measures will be started. CPR can include pumping on the person’s chest, inserting an artificial airway, electrical stimulation or using intravenous medications.
As a rule, when breathing and/or the heart stops, prompt resuscitative measures are begun. Only a written order from your physician allows these processes to be withheld.
Guidelines for reaching a decision regarding a “No Cor” order:
A “No Cor” order is written by the physician following his consultation with the competent individual. Discussion regarding the appropriateness of this order may be initiated by the physician, the patient, family member or other concerned individuals.
A competent person is one who is conscious, able to understand the nature, risk, severity and alternatives associated with his or her illness. This individual is capable of making an informed decision regarding a “No Cor” order and may request one at any time. The decision should be in mutual agreement by the patient and his or her physician. A competent person always has the right to withdraw a “No Cor” order. For a competent individual, the consent of family members is not necessary. Family disagreements with the decision cannot supersede the choice made by the individual.
The patient should make family aware of the decision and of Haxtun Health’s intention to abide by it.
When a person is unable to make decisions, or has a court-appointed guardian, the “No Co” order is written by the physician after consulting with the immediate family or the guardian. This decision can be changed at a later time.