What is a DNR?

Oklahoma now has a community Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) consent form. A DNR is usually issued with the consent of the patient or an authorized family member or friend. They are used for:

  • People with terminal illnesses

  • People with serious or disabling conditions that they are not expected to recover from (for example, multiple organ failure)

  • People who are elderly or very frail – and who would suffer greatly as a result of CPR.

Patients and family members are often asked to make difficult decisions about CPR and DNR orders.

You have the right to accept or refuse any treatment, including CPR. If you are unable to make decisions for yourself, an authorized family member or close friend can make these decisions for you.

A DNR order gives specific instructions to health-care providers. This helps ensure that your wishes concerning CPR are followed in an emergency. It is important to know that a DNR covers only CPR and its related procedures.


A DNR can be canceled at any time. If you change your mind or your condition improves, you or an authorized individual may instruct to cancel it. You can inform your health-care providers of your decision verbally or in writing.

For more information about Hospice Care in Oklahoma, please contact Grace Hospice at (918) 744-7223

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