Why You Need Completed Do Not Resuscitate Forms

A living will is not complete without a Do Not resuscitate orderDo Not Resuscitate

A Do Not Resuscitate form (DNR) is common for people who are suffering from a chronic illness and feel that efforts to resuscitate them may only lead to a decreased quality of life. Having a current Do Not Resuscitate form completed is necessary to make your wishes known and protect your loved ones.

It is protocol for emergency staff or paramedics to perform CPR on anyone whose heart has stopped beating or who has stopped breathing. But when a DNR is in place medical practitioners are prevented from performing CPR.  Since laws can vary from State to State it is important that you have State specific Do Not resuscitate orders in place.

Your doctor and family should play a role

Anyone who is currently seeking medical attention should discuss this option with their doctor before securing a Do Not Resuscitate form. A doctor is capable of determining if a patient has the mental capacity to provide  informed medical consent.  A Do Not Resuscitate order is important if the patient is in a terminal state or that there would be minimum or no chance for the patient to recover .

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When a Do Not Resuscitate form is signed it takes effect immediately and no type of medical condition may effect the instructions stated on the form.  DNR forms should be placed in a location where paramedics or family members can have access to them in the event where it is needed. Paramedics have been trained to immediately look for DNR documents and identify DNR bracelets and stickers that may have been placed on the door.

Finding Do Not Resuscitate forms online

You can avoid the high attorney fees and find printable state specific DNR forms online as part of a Living Will package. Copies should be distributed to doctors or your local hospital with the request of having the form attached to your medical records. Your family members should also be  notified of your wishes. Most importantly the original copy of the DNR must be secured and attached in the estate planning files or any legal documents pertaining to estate wishes after death.

In order to make your wishes known and protect yourself be certain that your forms are State specific. Pay particular attention as to whether your Do Not Resuscitate forms need to be notarized.