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Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)

Should I Execute A DNR?

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There is no right or wrong. Whether to execute a DNR is solely up to you.

Consider the following:

  • That realistically, a DNR only applies when the question is whether to bring you back after you've stopped breathing or your heart has stopped beating.
  • A DNR does not leave room for someone to make a choice considering the overall situation. It is black and white: if your heart or lungs fail, a DNR orders people not to revive you. DNRs do not cover the situation, for example, of telling medical personnel: "If it appears the patient will recover and have a good life, then revive - but if that's not the case, don't."
  • How does the idea of a DNR fit within your religious, cultural and philosophical beliefs?
  • What are your current circumstances?
    • If you are entering a hospital, is it for a procedure or test so that you fully expect to leave the facility and resume your life?
    • Is your quality of life unbearable and not likely to improve?
    • Are you in a situation that is likely to be terminal within a short period of time? Are you ready to stop fighting and let go?

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