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Do people know that in Pennsylvania if a nursing home patient has a change in mental status and transferred to a Geri/Psych unit for "change in mental status" you need to get the DNR re-activated in the transfer facility.

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regarding the tattoo idea...I write stuff all over my body when going in for surgery....no silicone, no chlorhexidine...etc..I don't trust that folks check my allergy list always, in fact I know they don't.....why should I believe they are going to look at my POLST or my advanced directives I love the tattoo....it will go great with the double mastectomy!
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When my mon was admitted to the hospital for pneumoia and CHF they put a DNR bracelet on her, and when she transfered to rehab she would not let them cut it off! We had a ceremony when she came home..LOL But her papers are in her desk if we need them
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my mom was under my care at her home, so I had it. She would have taken it off and lost it. BUT when she went to the hospital i put it on. Now that she is in a home she doesnt need it- but if I were to take her out they said to put it on her. Dad had his on all the time...
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Your right. Good point. We placed those plastic bands on our patients while they were admitted. Do your parents wear them at home or are they ar a facility?
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my parents doctors gave them orange plastic DNR bracelets .
One thing though- DNR does not include DNI - do not intubate. I had to press both of these repeatedly each hospital visit and sign papers- they were always losing or not typing it into the computer!!
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I thought about copies too, but I was led to believe that they have to see the original document. ??? She does have a DNR sign by her bed. I'll have to research that.
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I work in a hospital and we all joke (not) that we are going to have it tatooed on our chests...
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Please have a copy of that with you and your cousin at all times in a wallet etc. I would hate a full code to happen if not wanted. I think there should be ( maybe there are) DNR bracelets. But with government and legal BS that probably wouldn't be enough. Prob have to pay a fee...what would stop someone to just put that bracelet on
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I was with my cousin at a dental appointment recently. He was just going to extract three teeth, with local only. He asked if she was DNR and when I said yes, he asked if the DNR order was in her notebook. (Held by the Memory Care transport person). He has to see it. When we discovered it was located in the OFFICE of the Memory Care, he refused to proceed. I understood and we rescheduled, making sure the DNR was in the notebook next time. The dentist office was so apologetic, but I understand completely why he made that decision and had no issue with it at all. Oh, the next time, everything went fine.
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I also worked with terminal pediatric patients that were blind, had physical disabilities known at birth and cancer that lead to viral infections from suppressed immune systems that started getting amputations. Everywhere. I mean everywhere. I witnessed a family member kiss her brothers leg before being taken to OR to amputate a leg. Then fingers. Then eyes blinded. Then private parts. I respect the parents decision that a miracle would happen and I'm a Christian and spiritual, believe in after life. I also did and respected all wishes of family. I deeply remorsed this patient "surviving" for almost a year. I believe everything happens for a reason and maybe we should linger to learn compassion, live, caring. I also believe that without medical intervention if it is GODs wish to have an individual return home that it's ok to DNR. I just don't want anyone to die without another human being being with them and living them unconditionally
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