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ERIC Number: ED457647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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DNR Orders and School Responsibility.
Sewall, Angela Maynard; Balkman, Kathy
This paper discusses the legal and ethical questions surrounding "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) orders in the school environment. It begins by reviewing federal and state case law that addresses the appropriateness of medical services and the responsibility of schools in terms of provision of medical services. The review finds that when medical-like services are provided, even in compliance with the pertinent standards, the person providing the services has potential liability should there be resultant injury to the student. Thus, if a DNR order is on file for a child with medical problems, there may be a liability issue for school personnel who do not comply with the order. The paper then considers court cases that have addressed the "right to die" and cases that have upheld the requirement for schools to comply with DNR orders. Key questions that arise from court rulings and the lack of clarity in regard to the parental right to promulgate a DNR order for a child are discussed, and state legislation addressing DNR orders is explored. The paper concludes that schools should develop policy and procedures to address the issue of DNR orders should an emergency arise in which DNR is of concern. (CR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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