What is a DNR?

A do not resuscitate (DNR) order is another kind of advance directive. A DNR is a request not to have cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if your heart stops or if you stop breathing. If you are terminally ill, or have a loved one who is in a persistent vegetative state, you may want to consider a pre-hospital DNR order. (Unless given other instructions, hospital staff will try to help all patients whose heart has stopped or who has stopped breathing)  In the State of Florida, a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) is a form or patient identification device developed by the Department of Health to identify people who do not wish to be resuscitated in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest. A copy of the form can be obtained by downloading the form from this site (on yellow paper only).