DNAR = “Do not attempt resuscitation”.
Increasingly, doctors are issuing these orders for patients who are suffering from untreatable conditions. Speaking personally, I am in favour of such orders, as long as they are realistic, kind, and in good faith.
With great age comes great weakness. Serious illness/trauma/surgery triggers bodily reactions equivalent to running a marathon for 72 hours or more. Failure to complete that marathon leads to death.
Most of my patients are elderly, and many of them are not in great health to start with. I do the best that I can for them, but still some develop complications, and some die. I am not a miracle worker.
I am left talking to their relatives, trying to impart the truth about their beloved’s death. Most of the time, they believe my honest spiel. Others cannot accept. I await their wrath in the courts.