Bioethics Quarterly

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 128-132

First online:

“No Dr. Blue/Do Not Resuscitate”

  • Jane D. HoytAffiliated with

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In December 1980 an elementary school teacher in Minnesota obtained a Restraining Order to ensure that a severely brain damaged friend would receive emergency medical care in her nursing home if she needed it. This situation focussed attention on the need for better understanding, among medical professionals and consumers alike, of the significance of a “No Dr. Blue/Do Not Resuscitate” order.