Do-Not-Resuscitate Order

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

A do-not-resuscitate order is a legal order written either in the hospital or on a legal form to withhold CPR or advanced cardiac life support in respect of the wishes of a patient in case their heart were to stop or they were to stop breathing. Dr. Edward Hill discusses DNR orders in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation if a patients breathing stops or if the patients heart stops beating.

A DNR order allows you to choose whether or not you want CPR before an emergency occurs. It is specifically about CPR. It does not provide instructions for other treatments, such as pain medicine, other medicines or nutrition.

The doctor writes the order only after talking about it with the patient, if possible, the proxy or the patients family.

The doctor writes the DNR order on 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 non-hospital settings.

If you do change your mind, talk with your doctor right away. Also tell your family and caregivers about your decision. Destroy any documents you have that include the DNR order.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.