New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

What is a Do Not Resuscitate order, and why is it important?

A Do Not Resuscitate order – often known as a DNR order – is a medical order written by a doctor, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The order states that a health care provider should not do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if you stop breathing or your heart stops.

Having a DNR order in your medical file (if deemed appropriate for you by your physician) allows you to choose the extent of treatment you want to receive at the end of life, according to the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA).

There are two types of DNR orders, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH):

  • DNR Comfort Care (DNRCC) – With this order signed, you would receive any care that would east pain and suffering, but no resuscitative measures to save or sustain your life.
  • DNR Comfort Care – Arrest (DNRCC-Arrest) – If you agree on this order, you would receive standard medical care until you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. The care could include cardiac monitoring, intubation and other medical care.

Speaking to your doctor about having a DNR order, like preparing all advanced directives, is important because it puts you in charge of your end-of-life choices, according to the NIH. Having these choices outlined clearly also takes any pressure off of family members to decide for end-of-life decisions for you.

For more information about DNR orders, talk with your physician.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine