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