A father has hit out after a York Hospital doctor failed to consult next of kin before filling in a “do not attempt resuscitation” form for his son.Gosh, and they said this’d never happen!
Whoops! However, the hospital has an excuse ready.
… kidney patient Andrew Watson’s condition deteriorated one night while his parents, Peter and Sheila, were asleep at their home in Wigginton.
Peter Watson only found out the following afternoon about the decision not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation if his son went into cardio respiratory arrest.
Not a good one, admittedly:
However, hospital bosses said a DNACPR form was not a consent form, but was intended as a record that a discussion about the decision had taken place.*BZZZZZT!*
Still wrong. Because no discussion had…
Mr Watson said he disputed some of the findings of an investigation into the incident.Does anyone? Anyone at all? Bueller?
He said: “I do not intend to let this lie, as I do not want any patient, partner or next of kin to be put through the same distress that we had to suffer, and I don’t believe the trust will do anything constructive if left to manage it themselves.”
Sarah Lovell, directorate manager for acute and general medicine, who investigated the matter, said in a report that Andrew had not been well enough for the decision to have been discussed with him and the doctor concerned had intended to discuss it with his next of kin.Well, that road to hell is just paved with intentions, eh, Sarah?
She acknowledged staff could have made more pro-active attempts to arrange for a discussion much earlier in the day.And could have, say, not simply filled the form in regardless….