How to get a DNR


Only a doctor can give you a DNR a/k/a a do not resuscitate.


Attorney Tom Olsen: John, you're on News 96.5. Go ahead.

John: I have a question. I've prepared do-not-resuscitate orders for myself probably 20 years ago. I understand now that they had it printed on a yellow paper in a special form. Do you know how that works?

Attorney Tom Olsen: John, as far as I know, as far as you and I can go, is a living will declaration where you ask that you not be kept alive by machines. You can go further and ask that you not be given food and water through a tube. As far as I know, the only way that you can get a do-not-resuscitate, a DNR, is via your doctor's signature. Once you get that form; yes, you're supposed to put it on your refrigerator or your freezer. I do think it is yellow. I think I've seen that before. John, it doesn't make sense to me. As far as I know, you can't do your own DNR. You want one, it's got to be signed by your doctor.

John: Okay. Thank you very much.

Attorney Tom Olsen: Okay, John. Thank you for calling. We appreciate it.