BETTEN, MURPHY & WEISS
Brevard's Elder Law Firm
1800 Penn Street, Suite 6
Melbourne, FL 32901-2625
Phone (321) 676-2525
Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO)
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNRO) is a form (#1896) developed by the Florida Department of Health to
identify people who do not wish to be resuscitated in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
How will the properly completed DNRO form look?
Why should an individual complete a DNRO if he or she already has a living will?
Where should I keep the DNRO?
What is a patient identification device?
Should 9-1-1 still be called if the patient has a DNRO?
How can I revoke a DRNO?
The properly completed form will be signed by the competent patient, or the patientís representative,
signed by a Florida licensed physician, and it will be on either the original canary yellow form or
copied onto similar colored paper.
A living will is a document that instructs, as specifically as possible, what care and treatment the
person wishes under certain circumstances. Any competent person can fill out a living will at any time.
A DNRO is a physicianís order NOT to resuscitate if a patient goes into cardiac or pulmonary arrest. It is
part of the prescribed medical treatment plan and must have a physicianís signature. It is usually written
for patients who are terminally ill, suffering from an end-stage condition or who are in a persistent
The DNRO form should be kept in a noticeable place such as the head or foot of a bed, or on the
refrigerator. It should be readily available in the event of an emergency to ensure that the patientís
last wishes will be honored.
Attached to the bottom of the Department of Healthís Form 1896 is a patient identification device,
which may be removed from the form, laminated and can be worn on a chain around the neck, clipped to a
key chain or to clothing/ bed, etc. so it can travel with the patient. It is equally as valid as the
DNRO form and can be presented to emergency medical services when they arrive on scene and is designed
to allow the patient to move between settings with one document.
9-1-1 can be called at any time to provide family/caregivers with back up and support for the patient.
Many family members call 9-1-1 to control pain and to make sure the patient is comfortable. Others may
want the patient to be transported to the hospital so the attending physician will be present. Emergency
medical services are part of the community and are able to provide appropriate care as needed in many
capacities. A DNRO only means that in the event of cardiac or pulmonary arrest that CPR will not be
initiated. Comfort care measures, such as oxygen administration, hemorrhage control and pain management,
will still be used.
If you complete a DNRO and later change your mind, you may
revoke it at any time by any of the following methods:
A signed and dated written instrument;
Physical cancellation or destruction of all original documents.