The DNR is a written order issued by a physician to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation for the patient in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest.
A DNR is not an Advanced Medical Directive. Unlike an AMD, a DNR order requires a physician’s signature, along with the patient and two witnesses.
In certain cases the Advance Directive can be oral but a DNR cannot. While the DNR must be written, it can be revoked by the patient verbally.
If you are not hospitalized, you can complete a Virginia DNR form that alerts EMS who respond to emergencies at home, in hospice facilities, or elsewhere.