Last Friday my father was having some surgery at the Heidelberg Repat Hospital.
After his small surgery, I overheard some of the nurses referring to a NFR and that there wasn’t one on file for my father. I queried what a NFR was & was told it stood for Not for Resuscitation form & that they had none on file for my father.
I was surprised as my brothers & I had had this difficult conversation several years ago, we understood our father’s wishes and at the time I had completed the necessary documentation with the aged care home where he lives to ensure, should this situation arise, that my father’s wishes would be carried out & he would not be put through resuscitation. We do not want our father to be put through unnecessary pain.
On Friday I was told that should difficulties have eventuated on that visit, my father would have been put through the resuscitation &, although I was there, my instructions would not have been taken into account – they needed to have the NFR.
I have since followed up with the Aged Care Home where my father lives to instruct them to provide the NFR to the hospital.
If anyone else is in a similar situation with a frail loved one, I suggest that you ensure that you have completed a NFR & that it is provided to any hospital when your loved one is there.
Mary, the allsorter
- NFR orders are a necessary aspect of current medical practice in Australia. They are implemented to prevent the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in situations when it is deemed futile or unwanted. The term CPR refers to a range of resuscitative efforts, including basic and advanced cardiac life support to reverse a cardiac or pulmonary arrest. NFR ordering procedures vary considerably between institutions worldwide. Similarly, there is no universal term for NFR, with terms such as “do not resuscitate” (DNR), “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) and “not for CPR” also used.