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Out Of Hospital - Do Not Resuscitate Order

What is Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order?


The Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order allows patients to direct health care professionals in the out-of-hospital setting to withhold or withdraw specific life-sustaining treatments in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest under hospice care.   The Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate program allows people to decide that they do not want to be resuscitated. The program allows people to declare that certain resuscitative measures will not be used on them. Those resuscitative measures specifically listed in the OOH DNR legislation are cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), advanced airway management, defibrillation, artificial ventilations and transcutaneous cardiac pacing.


CPR is a vigorous emergency procedure and it is not always successful. Experience has shown that CPR does not restore breathing and heart function in patients who have widespread cancer, widespread infection or other terminal illness. 

A patient may not want CPR attempted when:

  • There is no medical benefit expected. CPR wasn't meant for people who are terminally ill or have severe health problems. CPR is not likely to be successful for these people.
  • Quality of life would suffer. Sometimes CPR is only partly successful. Though the patient survives, they may suffer damage to the brain or other organs or permanently may be dependent on a machine to breathe. This can be particularly true for the elderly and very frail.
  • Death is expected soon. Persons with terminal illness may not want aggressive interventions but prefer a natural peaceful death.


Can a DNR be revoked?

DNR can be revoked at any time by the patient or the person who acted on behalf of the agent. Revocation can be in the form of communication to responding health care professionals, destruction of the form, or removal of devices. Is a copy of the form acceptable?  While on hospice in San Antonio, you shoulf make copies of the form before it’s filled out and after it’s filled out.  

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