February 18, 2019
What Is a DNR Order?
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What Is a DNR Order?

by Health After 50  

In some cases, the experience of resuscita­tion for dying patients can be traumatic and painful. A do-not-resuscitate order (DNR) allows you to indicate that you do not want to be resuscitated using cardio­pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The order instructs healthcare providers not to per­form CPR if your breathing or heart stops.

A doctor prepares your DNR order after a discussion with you, your health­care proxy, or your family. The order is entered into your medical chart. You can also carry a wallet card or wear a bracelet indicating you don’t want to be resusci­tated. If you have a DNR order, you can always change your mind and cancel it.

This content originally appeared on HealthAfter50.

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