What is a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) and How Does It Work?

Many of our clients consider getting a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR). A DNR is a legal document that instructs doctors not to perform CPR or use other forms of cardiac life support should the patient suffer from heart failure. Many patients choose to implement a DNR if they are suffering from a terminal condition and do not wish to artificially prolong their life. These orders can be signed in an assisted living facility, a nursing home, or a hospital. They are placed in the patient’s file in order to direct the staff as to the patient’s wishes in the event of cardiac failure. DNR orders are accepted by doctors and hospitals in every state.

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