Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order Update
As of July 21, 2011, the Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order form has been amended, as stated in the Code of Virginia 54.1-2982. A Durable Do Not Resuscitate Oder, 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.
Under the Code of Virginia 54.12987.1, the new form for the DDNR can be downloaded by healthcare personnel, physicians, and facilities. Additional information on DDNR orders can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.