DNR Order

The last document, known as a Do Not Resuscitate Order (“DNR or DNRO”) is a form or patient identification device developed by the Department of Health to identify people who do not wish to be resuscitated in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest. It is not something that is done by a lawyer and should only be used in very specific circumstances ­ everyone should NOT have one as part of their normal estate plan. A copy of the form can be obtained by downloading the form from the FloridaHealth.gov website. In order to be legally valid this form MUST be printed on yellow paper prior to being completed. EMS and medical personnel are only required to honor the form if it is printed on yellow paper.

Many times, clients have asked me if they could have a DNRO and I've given them a resounding NO. The reason why is because it's not exactly what they thought it was. People confuse it with a living will, which is used to terminate life support when it's no longer necessary in certain circumstances. However, a DNRO is a special type of document that was created by the Department of Health and it says that if you are in some type of respiratory or cardiac arrest ­ in those situations, DO NOT resuscitate me. The types of people that would want that document are those who wouldn't have any medical benefit of being kept alive, expect that their quality of life would suffer, or that death is soon expected. It can be located on the FloridaHealth.gov website under form 1896 and has to be signed by your doctor.

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