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Kansas Do Not Resuscitate Form 2
Kansas Do Not Resuscitate Form 2
Do Not Resuscitate Directives in Kansas
Understanding the
Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Directive
DNR stands for “Do Not Resuscitate.” A
DNR is a type of advance directive that you
complete in advance of a medical emergency.
Typically, only terminally ill patients have a
DNR directive or order. If a healthy person
has a DNR directive, it may prevent him from
receiving medical care needed to save his life.
Some people have the idea that the DNR
directive allows another person to remove life
support technology. is is not what the DNR
directive does. e DNR directive is a legal
document that allows adults to communicate,
in advance, their desire to not be revived,
should they stop breathing or their heart stops
beating. Having a DNR directive means that
you do not want to have cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) performed by medical
personnel. If you are found without a heartbeat
or are not breathing, and you have a DNR
directive, then health care providers will not
attempt to bring you back.” erefore, when
a DNR directive is in place, no steps can be
taken to restart the heart or breathing.
A DNR directive is usually put into
place by individuals who are ill or injured,
or by frail elderly, not by those who are in
reasonably good health. You may be given
an insignia by your physician (bracelet or
medallion) that identies you and your wish
to not be resuscitated.
Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
Debra M. Sellers, Ph.D.
Erin J. Dittman
Talking to Others
About the DNR Directive
Completing the DNR directive is a serious
decision. You should talk with your physician
at length to ensure that you completely
understand the options and ramications.
Consulting an attorney whenever you are
contemplating end-of-life decisions may be
helpful as well. Your individual situation may
make some decisions more complicated than it
seems at rst.
Some people nd that talking to their
family, a trusted friend, or spiritual advisor can
be helpful in thinking through these types of
decisions. Because a DNR directive is linked
to illness, injury, and death, discussing these
choices can make some people uncomfortable.
However, receiving the care that you want
at the end of your life is too important to be
ignored just because the conversation may be a
dicult one.
How to Complete a DNR Directive
A DNR directive is a legal document. In
Kansas, you do not need a lawyer to complete
the form, as Kansas statutes oer “ll-in-
the-blank forms that you may complete on
your own. It is recommended that you use
these forms if you are not using the services
of an attorney. State laws vary, though, so you
want to be sure that you know other states’
requirements if you plan on moving or if you
are caring for someone out-of-state. A good
Kansas Do Not Resuscitate Form 2