In 2013, Charles Harris completed a POLST declining CPR. But that wish was not followed on March 26, when Harris’ heart stopped beating during surgery to repair a fractured hip at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.
The medical team performed compressions hard enough to crack Harris’ sternum. He was then placed in the ICU against contrary to his instructions.
While there is an ongoing debate about the status of DNR orders during surgery, this hospital had adopted a policy in 2017 requiring surgeons to respect patients’ DNR orders.