Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
DNR stands for “do not resuscitate,” a medical order that a doctor writes to make clear an individual’s request not to be resuscitated if their heart stops or breathing stops. The order instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which can include mouth-to-mouth breathing and pressing on the chest, electric shock to restart the heart, breathing tubes to open the airway or medicines intended to restart breathing or the heart. This medical order is made while the individual is mentally capable and conscious, or by that individual’s healthcare surrogate if he or she is not.
The EMS-DNR Order has been developed by the EMS Bureau within the Epidemiology and Response Division of the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
This Order applies only to resuscitation attempts by health care providers in the prehospital setting –i.e., in patients’ homes, in a long term care facility, during transport to or from a heath care facility, or in other locations outside acute care hospitals. See below to download the form.
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This EMS-DNR Order (Order), available in English and Spanish below, has been developed by the EMS Bureau within the Epidemiology and Response Division of the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH).
This Order applies only to resuscitation attempts by health care providers in the prehospital setting.
For covered persons in cardiac or respiratory arrest, resuscitative measures to be withheld include external chest compressions, intubation, defibrillation, administration of cardiac medications and artificial respiration. The Order does not effect the provision of other emergency medical care, including oxygen administration, suctioning, control of bleeding, administration of analgesics and comfort care.