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Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order

The Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) is made possible by a Texas state law that took effect January 1, 1997.

General Information

This directive is an order signed by a doctor. Only patients in the terminal phase of an illness can have an Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order. This form allows the patient to refuse life-sustaining treatments when outside the hospital. Please speak with your health care provider to obtain this order.

If you are terminally ill, you might want an Out-Of-Hospital DNR. It will tell health care providers not use CPR or other live-saving procedures. If you do not have a DNR, health care providers will do everything medically possible in an effort to start your heart and help you breathe. To prove that you have a Texas Out-of-Hospital DNR, you must provide a copy of the document or wear a special identifying necklace or bracelet.


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