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Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order

General Information

The Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order is an order signed by a doctor. This form allows the patient to refuse life-sustaining treatments when outside the hospital.

If you do not have an Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order and your heart or lungs stop working properly, health care providers may do everything medically possible in an effort to start your heart and help you breathe.

To show that you have an Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate Order, you must have an original or a copy of the signed Texas Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate form or wear a special identifying necklace or bracelet. Please speak with your health care provider to obtain this order, and speak to the Department of Social Work (713-792-6195) to obtain information about the necklace or bracelet. 


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