Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order Update
As of July 2011, the authorized Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order form was amended, and can be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Health website.
A Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order, or DDNR, is a written physician's order issued to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a particular patient in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest, and signed with the patient's consent or the consent of the person authorized to consent on the patient's behalf. One area updated in the new amendment is that clearly readable copies of the DDNR can be accepted by qualified health care providers. Another change is that the old or new form can be honored at any time until it is revoked. Previously, the old form was only in effect for one year.
Additional information on DDNR orders can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website, and for questions about the DDNR Program, please call 804-888-9149, TTY 711.