Do Not Resuscitate
"DNR" stands for "do not resuscitate." This order tells medical staff not to perform CPR. Your doctor will speak with you about CPR, (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). It is used in case you stop breathing or your heart stops. It is helpful to decide about CPR before you are sick enough to need it. In order to get a DNR order you must talk with your physician about your condition and your wishes. A doctor will not write a DNR order without talking to you and/or your family. It is important to note that you will still receive all the care and medications you need even if you have a DNR order written by your doctor.