What are the patient’s rights in obtaining a DNR Order?

The patient has the right to control his or her medical care, including whether or not to have a DNR Order. If the patient is not able to make health care decisions, the patient's representative may make health care decisions on behalf of the patient. The patient, or the patient's representative, has the right to ask questions and receive answers about DNR Orders from the patient's physician and to discuss the patient's wishes regarding a DNR Order with family, friends, ministers, a lawyer, etc. The patient, or the patient's representative, may revoke (cancel) a DNR Order at any time. The patient, or the patient's representative, and the physician will decide the date on which the DNR takes effect and the date it will expire. A DNR Order must be re-authorized at least once a year.

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1. What is a DNR Order?
2. Where can a DNR Order be obtained?
3. Where can the DNR Order be used?
4. What care will ems offer to a patient with a DNR Order?
5. What are the patient’s rights in obtaining a DNR Order?
6. Who is involved in completing a DNR Order?
7. Is a DNR Order the same as a living will, health care power of attorney, or other advance directive?
8. What should the patient, family, or friends do if someone wants to call Emergency Medical Services (EMS)?
9. Where can I get additional information about DNR Orders?