Perspectives of Iranian Medical Nurses about Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

  • SeyedHassan Emami-Razavi Brain and Spinal Injury Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Mahsa Ghajarzadeh Brain and Spinal Injury Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Sholeh Oryani Brain and Spinal Injury Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Fariba Askari Department of Midwifery, Gonabad University of Medical Sciences, Gonabad, Iran.
  • Rozita Jalilian Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Sepehr Azizi Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords: Resuscitation Orders, Iran, Nurses, Attitude.

Abstract

Objective: To study the attitudes of Iranian medical nurses towards the do-not-resuscitate (DNR) decision.Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 200 nurses working in Imam Khomeini Hospital, (affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran) were enrolled. They answered to a questionnaire with two sections: the first one consisted of demographic questions (age, sex, and level of education), and the second included questions about DNR orders derived from a previously conducted study by Hosaka et al.Results: A total of 168 questionnaires returned (response rate (RR=85%)). About 61% felt that DNR order is sporadically necessary. Near 66% had participated in DNRs in their practice and the most case was the patient withterminal cancer. The most common person who decided DNR orders were physicians. Sixty seven percent believed that DNR cards are useful for establishing in clinical settings.Conclusion: As DNR is not routine in Iran, enrollment of nurses in this decision should be clearly defined.
Published
2015-10-05
How to Cite
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Emami-Razavi S, Ghajarzadeh M, Oryani S, Askari F, Jalilian R, Azizi S. Perspectives of Iranian Medical Nurses about Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders. AJS. 1(3-4):49-51.
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