Table 2

Awareness of Guidelines

Percentage replying “yes” to the question: Are you aware of any guidelines at your institution about the following: (US overall figures, with UK nurses in brackets)
Obtaining DNR orders88% (64%)
Documenting reasons for DNR order63% (56%)
Requests for organ donation77% (56%)
Recording patient's wishes in medical record69% (72%)
Obtaining informed consent84% (77%)
Determining patient capacity to participate in decisions61% (40%)
Withholding or stopping mechanical ventilation53% (37%)
Withholding or stopping artificial nutrition and hydration41% (34%)
How to proceed when ethical concerns about a patient's care arise61% (46%)