Advance Directives & Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Advance Directives and DNR Orders

Statement of Illinois Law on Advance Directives and DNR Orders

You have the right to make decisions about the healthcare you can get now and in the future. An advance directive is a written statement you prepare about how you want your medical decisions to be made in the future, if you are no longer able to make them for yourself. A do not resuscitate order (DNR order) is a medical treatment order that says cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will not be used if your heart or breathing stops. Federal law requires that you be told of your right to make an advance directive when you are admitted to a health care facility. Illinois law allows for the following three types of advance directives: health care power of attorney, living will, and mental health treatment preference declaration. In addition, you can ask your physician to work with you to prepare a DNR order. You may choose to discuss with your doctor different types of advance directives and DNR orders. After reviewing information regarding advance directives and DNR orders, you may decide to make more than one. For example, you could make a health care power of attorney and a living will. If you make one or more advance directives and/or a DNR order, tell your doctor and other health care providers and provide them with a copy. You may also want to provide a copy to family members, and to those you appoint to make these decisions for you. State law provides copies of sample advance directives forms and DNR forms

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