The Difference Between a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate Order

A common misconception is that a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) are the same document.  While both documents provide instructions to medical providers when you are unable to communicate your wishes regarding medical treatment, each document plays a different role in the administration of medical treatment to you. A Living Will is a written legal document prepared by you, with the assistance of your estate planning lawyer, stating your wishes regarding life-prolonging medical treatments.  If you have a terminal condition, end-stage condition, or are in a persistent vegetative state, your Living Will states what life-prolonging medical treatment(s), if any, you wish to receive.  A Living Will addresses whether you want medical treatments to prolong your life, such as a feeding tube, surgery, blood transfusions, and pain medicine. A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) is a medical order written by your doctor, instructing health care providers not to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if your heart stops beating or you stop breathing.  The DNR is only a decision to withhold CPR and does not affect the administration of other medical treatments such as a feeding tube, surgery, blood transfusions, and pain medicine. Not understanding the difference between a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate Order may inadvertently result in the administration of unwanted medical treatments or the withholding of desired medical treatments.  It is recommended that you discuss the Living Will with your estate planning lawyer and the Do Not Resuscitate Order with your physician, to effectively plan for your medical treatments. A common misconception is that a Living Will and a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) are the same document.  While both documents provide instructions to medical providers when you are unable to communicate your wishes regarding medical treatment, each document plays a different role in the administration of medical treatment to you.

The video above explains the differences.

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