When an individual chooses to complete a Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive, s/he may opt to complete a form with his/her doctor called a “DNR Order” or, “No Code.” Every state has slightly different rules regarding DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Orders, so it’s important to consult your physician and keep a copy of that document with your Advanced Directive or Living Will.
However, life-threatening situations do not always come about in the controlled environment of a hospital where we can have our documentation at hand. And those with DNRs are not strictly the elderly or infirm who are likely to find themselves in in-patient settings. Rather, many people living with chronic illnesses, life-limiting conditions, and untreatable diagnoses, in addition to those with religious objections, opt out of potentially life-saving rescue treatments through the execution of a DNR order. For this reason, wearing a DNR medical ID bracelet daily is extremely important. With your choice stated clearly on a medical alert bracelet or necklace, EMTs and other first responders will know that you’ve instituted a DNR and do not wish to receive life-saving treatment.