Mar 05, 2015 - 02:57 PM
Have copies of his DNR available to provide whenever your dad is going to a new medical provider or facility.
A signed DNR (do not resuscitate) will usually imply that the individual does not want CPR or to be intubated (insertion of a breathing tube).
Some states require that you have both a signed DNR and DNI (do not intubate). It is a safe practice to have both documents.
Most medical facilities will also have your dad’s primary provider sign the documents.
If your dad is in a healthcare facility, I would ask his nurse to make sure that his DNR is recorded.
Also, make sure that all family members know of your dad’s wishes. Remember you are your dad’s advocate.
I don’t think that it hurts to check from time to time to make sure the people caring for your dad remember that he has a DNR/DNI.
Take care not to panic at the last minute and call 911. Some paramedics will interpret your calling them as your changing your mind about the DNR/DNI.