Health Commissioner: No Statewide DNR Policy Being Considered

Fears and rumors have recently been circulating that New Jersey might officially start recommending that hospitals implement Do Not Revive (DNR) policies for coronavirus patients, as the Covid-19 patients continue to fill up medical centers and strain the health care system.

Asked about a DNR policy, New Jersey’s Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli told reporters that the state “would never” recommend any such policy for its hospitals. “We would never do a statewide DNR,” Persichilli said. “Unequivocally no.”

The comments by Commissioner Persichilli come as a relief to many families, especially religious ones, who have been hearing of universal DNR policies being considered, in which hospitals would refuse to resuscitate Covid-19 patients without first consulting the patient or patient’s family.

Several hospitals in various cities across the United States have begun considering implementing DNR’s for coronavirus patients, as their wards overfill with cases and doctors are unable to save everyone. A handful of hospital networks are looking at guidelines that would allow hospital doctors to override the wishes of patients and their family members with regards to resuscitation.


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