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Requirements for Revocation of Consent to Order Not to Resuscitate – N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2969

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A patient may revoke their do not resuscitate order (DNR) at any time by expressing their intent to any physician or nurse in the hospital.  A surrogate, parent, or legal guardian may revoke a DNR by providing a physician or nurse at the patient’s hospital with a signed and dated revocation document or by orally revoking the DNR in the presence of the attending physician and an adult witness. 


Physicians must immediately cancel a DNR after receiving a valid revocation, document the revocation in the patient’s medical chart, and alert all persons caring for the patient of the revocation. 

Current as of June 2015