Do Not Resuscitate

(DNR) Order

You have the option to request a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) form from your physician, which serves as a legal directive to withhold revival attempts, particularly in situations requiring CPR or defibrillation. If you do not wish to undergo CPR or advanced cardiac life support, it is crucial to discuss this with your physician, who will provide a medical order allowing you to complete the DNR form. Without this order, medical professionals are obligated to perform resuscitation.

It’s important to note that a DNR order does not impact any other treatments except those involving intubation or CPR. Patients with a DNR can still receive chemotherapy, antibiotics, dialysis, or any other appropriate medical interventions.

It’s advisable to verify the recognition of DNR orders initiated in other states, as some states may have differing regulations. Consulting an elder law attorney or contacting the hospital where you plan to travel can provide you with the necessary information in this regard.