Objective: To investigate whether do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) orders can be implemented in a standard nursing home in Japan, where routine DNAR orders are not yet common in many facilities including hospitals.
Method: Ninety-eight residents in a 100-bed nursing home were evaluated. All of the eligible residents and/or their family members were asked whether they wanted to receive resuscitation, including mechanical ventilation.
Result: The residents were 54 to 101 years of age (mean 83.3), with 27 males and 71 females. After administering the questionnaire, 92 (94%) patients did not want resuscitation and mechanical ventilation.
Conclusion: In a nursing home, it was possible to obtain advance directives by which most residents/families rejected resuscitation and mechanical ventilation. This could avoid unnecessary and undesirable resuscitation procedures.
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1177/1049909113475866
Asai, Nobuhiro; Ohkuni, Yoshihiro; Ashworth, Lonny; and Kaneko, Norihiro. (2014). "Implementation of Do Not Attempt Resuscitate Orders in a Japanese Nursing Home". American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 31(1), 27-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049909113475866