What should the patient, family, or friends do if someone wants to call Emergency Medical Services (EMS)?

Sometimes the patient, family, or friends may want to call EMS because the patient's condition has worsened or because transportation or other emergency care is desired. When the patient's condition has worsened, it may be very hard for family and friends not to call EMS, even when they know the patient does not want CPR. If the patient and family discuss this situation in advance with the patient's providers and a plan is agreed upon, everyone may feel better when the situation arises. If transportation is needed, EMS should be called even though there is a DNR order. If possible, tell EMS of the DNR Order when a call is made. In all cases, present EMS with the original DNR Order upon their arrival.

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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?