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Date: Sept. 2004 Page 1 of 4
Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to provide a guideline to prehospital providers, who
under certain circumstances may accommodate patients who do not wish to receive and/or may
not benefit from cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This policy is drafted in accordance with Public
Act 368 of 1978, as amended, as well as Act 192 and 193 of the Public Acts of 1996. This policy
is intended to facilitate kind, humane, and compassionate service for patients who have executed
a valid “Do-not-resuscitate order” under the aforementioned Acts.
a.Attending Physician – means the physician who has primary responsibility for the
treatment and care of a declarant.
b.Declarant – means a person who has executed a do-not-resuscitate order, or on
whose behalf a do-not-resuscitate order has been executed pursuant to applicable
c.Do-not-resuscitate order – means a document executive pursuant to Act 193,
directing that in the event a patient suffers cessation of both spontaneous
respiration and circulation in a setting outside of a hospital, nursing home, or
mental health facility owned or operated by the Department of Community
Health, no resuscitation will be initiated.
d.Do-not-resuscitate Identification Bracelet or Identification Bracelet – means a
wrist bracelet that meets the requirements of Act 193 and worn by a declarant
while a do-not-resuscitate order is in effect.
e.Order – means a do-not-resuscitate order.
f.Patient Advocate – means an individual designated to make medical treatment
decisions for a patient under Section 496 of the revised probate code, Act No. 642
of the Public Acts of 1978, being section 700.496 of the Michigan Compiled
– means a pulse or evidence of respiration.
A do-not-resuscitate order is applicable to all prehospital life support agencies and
personnel. A do-not-resuscitate order may be executed by an individual 18 years of age
or older and of sound mind OR by an individual 18 years of age or older and of sound
mind, and adherent of a church or religious denomination whose members depend upon
spiritual means through prayer alone fro healing OR by a patient advocate of an
individual 18 years of age or older.
a.EMS providers shall not attempt resuscitation of any individual who meets ALL
of the following criteria:
i.18 years of age or older
ii.Patient has no vital signs. This means no pulse or evidence of respiration.
iii.Patient is wearing a do-not-resuscitate identification bracelet which is
clearly imprinted wit the words “Do-Not-Resuscitate Order”, name and
address of declarant, and the name and telephone number of declarant’s
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