A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order is a written record informing medical professionals to abstain from resuscitative measures. If the patient with a Do Not Resuscitate order stops breathing or haves a heart attack, it informs the medical staff of their preferences to not be revived with various techniques such as CPR, defibrillators, or other life saving procedures. The Do Not Resuscitate order can be drafted by a lawyer and can be part of a living will or it can be a separate document.
Doctors must talk about the Do Not Resuscitate order with the patient or the individual’s loved ones as long as there is adequate time to do so. Many hospital regulations mandate that two physicians agree on a decision to enter a Do Not Resuscitate order if the patient is unable to approve to the order.
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Patient requests can be made verbally to a doctor, or in writing in the form of an advance directive or living will before getting sick.
Doctors can also enter Do Not Resuscitate orders for their patients when it is confirmed that there would be no medical advantage to administering CPR.