A do not resuscitate order, or DNR, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if breathing stops or the heart stops beating. A DNR order allows you to choose before an emergency occurs whether you want CPR. It is a decision only about CPR. It does not affect other treatments, such as pain medicine, medicines or nutrition. The doctor writes the order only after talking with the patient, the proxy, or family. If you are near the end of your life or you have an illness that will not improve, you can choose whether you want CPR to be done.
*If you DO want CPR, you don't have to do anything.
*If you do NOT want CPR, talk with your doctor about a DRN order.
These can be hard choices for you and those who are close to you. There is no hard and fast rule about what you may choose. Think about the issue while you are able to decide for yourself.
*Learn more about your medical condition and what to expect in the future.
*Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of CPR.
The doctor can fill out the form for the DNR order.
*The doctor writes the order in your medical chart if you are in the hospital.
*Your doctor can tell you how to get a wallet card, bracelet, or other DNR documents to have at home or in a non-hospital setting.
*Standard forms may be available from your state's Department of Health.
Make sure to:
*Include your wishes in a living will or health care power of attorney.
*Inform your health care proxy and family of your decision.
Remember the decision is yours!
Gayle Holmes, Marketing Director
ATLANTIC HOME STAFFING