Why Do I Need a DNR Medical ID Bracelet?

When an individual chooses to complete a Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive, s/he may opt to complete a form with his/her doctor called a “DNR Order” or, “No Code.” Every state has slightly different rules regarding DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) Orders, so it’s important to consult your physician and keep a copy of that document with your Advanced Directive or Living Will.

However, life-threatening situations do not always come about in the controlled environment of a hospital where we can have our documentation at hand. And those with DNRs are not strictly the elderly or infirm who are likely to find themselves in in-patient settings. Rather, many people living with chronic illnesses, life-limiting conditions, and untreatable diagnoses, in addition to those with religious objections, opt out of potentially life-saving rescue treatments through the execution of a DNR order. For this reason, wearing a DNR medical ID bracelet daily is extremely important. With your choice stated clearly on a medical alert bracelet or necklace, EMTs and other first responders will know that you’ve instituted a DNR and do not wish to receive life-saving treatment.

It’s important to note that a DNR order does not limit one’s access to all medical treatments such as taking medications, receiving chemotherapy, or undergoing surgery. It simply means that the individual has chosen not to have CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) performed or to be put on ACLS (advanced cardiac life support). In other words, s/he is choosing natural death. And in some places, the terminology has changed to AND, which stands for, “Allow Natural Death.”

In the US, however, DNR is the standard. One of the most common ways in which people communicate their DNR, as stated above, is by wearing a Do Not Resuscitate medical alert bracelet or necklace.

DNR Medical ID Bracelet

What Do I Engrave On My DNR Medical ID Bracelet?

When engraving your Do Not Resuscitate medical ID bracelet, it’s best to include your name, the DNR designation, and an emergency contact phone number. Here is an example of a DNR engraving:

BRIAN JOHNSON
DO NOT RESUSCITATE
KIDNEY FAILURE
LATEX ALLERGY
ICE: 555-360-8680

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