AMA Journal of Ethics®

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2010, Volume 12, Number 7.

Ethics Poll

Children and Dying

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Answer the questions below about a 10-year-old child who has an illness that will cause his death and is expected to do so within the next 24 months. Until cardiac arrest occurs, the child is well enough to attend school and play with friends, and doing so is in his best interest.

DNAR [do not attempt resuscitation] orders are on file so that the child will not be put through futile resuscitation efforts if the arrest takes place in the hospital or at home. The parents want a DNAR order in place at school, too, in case the arrest happens there. Which of the following best expresses your thoughts about having a DNAR order in the child's school?
As the parent of the 10-year old described above, would you talk with him about his expected death?

Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.