do not resuscitate

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do not resuscitate (DNR)

a legal directive indicating that the patient should not receive CPR in the event of a cardiac arrest. See no code.

do not resuscitate

See DNR.

do not resuscitate



An order stating that a patient should not be revived. It may be written by a physician at the patient's request. If the patient is not competent or is unable to make such a decision, the family, legal guardian, or health care proxy may request and give consent for such an order to be written on the patient's chart and followed by the health care providers. The hospital or physician should have policies regarding time limits and reordering.
See: allow natural death; do not attempt resuscitation
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NHS bosses have appointed a group to come up with a policy here on Do Not Attempt Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation orders that will apply across the country.
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