In the latest of the Herald‘s nauseating clickbait campaigns we read:
Ministers believe the “panic” around the Covid-19 outbreak may have led to some elderly patients being pressures into signing do not attempt to resuscitate (DNAR) orders, MSPs have heard.
Indeed, we can all believe that something ‘may have‘ happened to ‘some‘ people. Anything is possible but there is no evidence for the headline implying a trend of some significance and to suggest it is a ‘panic‘ on their part, is a disgraceful slur on the reputation of Scotland’s thousands of medics.
I’m sure a few relatives are justifiably worried that such a thing might have happened but there is no evidence beyond a handful of rumours spread by opposition politicians to the MSM.
Scottish medics have not yet reacted but a Guardian piece in April by a GP was clear:
‘Coronavirus has not changed our approach to CPR’
The writer also pointed to a confusion almost certainly underlying the rumours:
Some people fear a DNACPR order means nothing at all will be done to try and prolong a patient’s life. This is not true. All manner of other treatments may be appropriate, such as fluids, antibiotics, oxygen, admission to hospital or treatment in an intensive care unit. The only thing ruled out by a DNACPR is chest compressions and shocks to the heart.
CPR for a frail elderly patient is likely to be fatal. It is to prevent undue trauma that medics may decide that a patient should not experience it.