Table 1

Patient responses to a series of general statements
Agree Neither agree or disagree Disagree
Strongly Some-what Some-what Strongly
Preoperative DNR requests should be suspended for surgical procedures 131 (32%) 104 (25%) 62 (15%) 40 (10%) 58 (14%)
Requests not to be resuscitated should always be discussed between patient and surgeon or anesthesiologist 309 (74%) 74 (18%) 17 (4%) 5 (1%) 4 (<1%)
Decisions about intraoperative resuscitation should be left up to surgeons and anesthesiologists alone because patients cannot fully understand the complexities involved with a surgical process 87 (21%) 94 (23%) 28 (7%) 54 (13%) 137 (33%)
The type of surgical procedure should influence whether a patient’s request not to be resuscitated is followed 113 (28%) 115 (28%) 61 (15%) 32 (8%) 75 (18%)
If a patient’s request to forgo resuscitation is suspended for a surgical procedure, it should be reinstated at a predetermined point following anesthesia recovery. 206 (50%) 120 (29%) 50 (12%) 10 (2%) 8 (2%)

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Burkle et al. BMC Anesthesiology 2013 13:2   doi:10.1186/1471-2253-13-2

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