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Do-not-resuscitate order – Wis. Stat. Ann. § 154.19

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Attending physicians may issue a do-not-resuscitate order (“DNR”) if:

  • The patient has a terminal condition, a condition that limit the efficacy of resuscitation following a cardiac or pulmonary failure, or a condition that, following resuscitation due to a cardiac or pulmonary failure, would result in more harm than good.
  • The patient requests the DNR.
  • The patient gives their informed consent to the DNR.
  • The physician issues the DNR in writing and the patient signs the DNR. AND
  • The physician is not aware that the patient is pregnant.

An attending physician, or their agent, must: (1) give the patient written information regarding resuscitation procedures and the means of revoking a DNR; (2) document the medical basis for issuing the DNR in the patient’s medical record; and (3) issue the patient a DNR bracelet. 

Current as of June 2015