do not attempt resuscitation


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do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR)

an advisory that resuscitation of a patient should not even be attempted. The order is more strictly defined than the DNR (do not resuscitate), which may be interpreted as authorizing an attempt at resuscitation.

do not at·tempt re·sus·ci·ta·tion

(DNAR) (dū not ă-tempt' rē-sus'i-tā'shŭn)
Directive to health care workers from a patient who has expressed in writing a wish not to be resuscitated in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest.

do not attempt resuscitation

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DNAR

An order somewhat more precise than “do not resuscitate” (DNR). DNR implies that, if a resuscitation attempt is made, the patient can be revived. DNAR indicates that resuscitation efforts should not be attempted regardless of their expected outcome.
See: allow natural death; do not resuscitate

do not at·tempt re·sus·ci·ta·tion

(DNAR) (dū not ă-tempt' rē-sus'i-tā'shŭn)
Directive to health care workers from a patient who has expressed in writing a wish not to be resuscitated in cardiac or respiratory arrest.