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Consent for DNR order

My client has expressed that he doesn’t want to be resuscitated. Do I need to get a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order?

Consent is required for all plans of care, including treatments or refusal of treatment. In a situation where a client has stated that they do not wish to be resuscitated, their consent, or that of their substitute decision-maker, is what is required. Nurses must be aware of the policy related to DNR orders within the organization where they work.

Page last reviewed September 16, 2015