British soaps are known for tackling issues faced by people up and down the country in a bid to create awareness and highlight the importance of seeking help. Recently, one of these issues has been the rise in inappropriate Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders.
Emmerdale has been highlighting DNAR orders and LPAs in a storyline centering around a terminally ill character, Faith Dingle.
With it becoming clear she won’t be able to make decisions for herself and wanting certainty that her dying wishes will be carried out, Faith seeks out the advice of the local village lawyer, Ethan.
Armed with the knowledge that she doesn’t want to be resuscitated should the situation arise, she approaches her son, Cain to inform him of her plans to hand over control to him by appointing him as her attorney.
Having conversations about DNAR orders and LPAs with loved ones is incredibly important. Without people having made their wishes clear and legally binding, they run the risk of medical professionals making the call for you.
It comes as recent research carried out by SFE revealed that two-thirds (70%) of practitioners are seeing an increased number of DNAR orders issued since the start of the pandemic.