Massachusetts Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) form is the document that allows the patient to express their desire to stop living in the case they do not want to let doctors rescue them when their heart or lungs cease to work. This order acknowledges medical staff that the patient (or their health proxy, parent) does not desire to use cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if the health indicators deteriorate. If the form is signed, the hospital personnel will be informed about that fact. However, if the patient or their representative revokes the DNR form, the request will be canceled, and the life of the said patient will be supported in the worst cases.
The form covers situations of the patient’s cardiopulmonary attack. It restrains the Massachusetts Medical Association and EMS staff (emergency medical services) from giving the patient such treatment as:
However, the DNR form cannot stop the physicians from providing life-sustaining types of equipment (artificial subsistence and/or hydration, vitamins), treatments to reduce pain, delays in breathing, or bleeding (including internal bleeding), which are meant to make the death of the patient more comfortable.
The patient needs to consult with their primary physician. The question to ask is whether there are more risks or benefits of signing the form, thus, whether it is better to try to save one’s life or not. Note that each DNR form still provides comfortable health conditions.
If the patient is unable to sign the printable DNR form (or even decide about its completion independently), these decisions are made by their representative (parent, medical attorney). In Massachusetts, the form should be signed by both the physician and the patient (or by a representative on their behalf). Be careful to check the documentation with the local legislation.
After completion of the form, please pay attention to save the original document to keep it in a safe place at home. In case the EMS staff comes into your house, they should be able to see that document to provide the established treatment. If the person stays at the hospital, the document must be placed in the personal medical file or near the hospital bed.
Also, make sure the relatives and close friends of the patient know about the existence of the form.