Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Go to School

From the Wall Street Journal Health Blog :

The do-not-resuscitate order —agreed to by the family, signed by a doctor — is a common enough document in hospitals and nursing homes, instructing medical personnel not to restore breathing or heartbeat if either should fail. Now it’s starting to show up as a subject of debate for children with profound chronic illnesses who still manage to go to school, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The paper tells the story of Katie Jones, a profoundly disabled 2nd grader whose case prompted a two-year debate in Lake County, Illinois, where she attends elementary school. It’s a complicated question — parents want some control over the fate of their dying children, but some school districts worry that personnel may feel bound not to respond to an easily reversible condition, or that parents might later file a lawsuit after deciding that something should have been done for their child. But this summer, the district agreed to abide by DNR orders for its students.

3D Anatomy on the Web

I blogged about this about a month ago. The site is out of beta and available via (free) registration.

Argosy’s Visible Body is the most comprehensive human anatomy visualization tool available today.  This entirely Web-delivered application offers an  unparalleled understanding of the human body.  The Visible Body includes over 1,700 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the human body.