Frequently Asked Questions

What is a DNR Order?

   |    Last Updated: June 11, 2011

A DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate) is a medical order by a doctor that allows patients to refuse specific life-sustaining treatments outside the hospital.


Why do I need one?

An Out-of-Hospital DNR form or ID will tell health care providers not to use CPR and other life-sustaining techniques. If you do not have an Out-of-Hospital DNR Order, health care providers may do everything medically possible to revive you.


Points to Remember

  • Ask your doctor for the Out-of-Hospital DNR Order.
  • Complete the form. Keep your original form.
  • Talk with family, clergy and/or friends.
  • You can also notify health care providers of your decision by wearing an approved ID necklace or bracelet.
  • Anyone can use an Out-of-Hospital DNR Order.
  • To show that you have an Out-of-Hospital DNR Order, you must have your original form or a copy of the completed form with you or wear an approved ID necklace or bracelet.
  • The Out-of-Hospital DNR Order pertains to health care decisions