Written by attorney Kimberly Ann Trueman

Non-Hospital DNR vs. Traditional DNR

The “Do Not Resuscitate” order, or “DNR” came about from a task force commenced by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1985 wherein experts were tasked with reconciling outstanding issues with legally withholding life sustaining treatment. The result was the traditional DNR order which applied to patients in an institution such as hospitals, nursing homes and mental health facilities. Unlike a Living Will which is a general statement of wishes that a person would not want life sustaining treatment administered if there were no hope they would make a meaningful recovery, DNRs are directives which only apply to incidents of cardiac respiratory arrest and prevent the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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