Many seniors and other folks have chosen to have a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. What is a DNR? Medline Plus has this to say about a DNR:

A do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating.

A DNR order allows you to choose whether or not you want CPR before an emergency occurs. It is specific about CPR. It does not provide instructions for other treatments, such as pain medicine, other medicines, or nutrition.

The doctor writes the order only after talking about it with the patient (if possible), the proxy, or the patient’s family.

One of the problems that occurs when a person has chosen a DNR order is that a situation can arise where that person may end up in an emergency and the paramedics are called to revive the person and do so without knowing the person has a DNR order. There are many cases where this has happened in care facilities and hospitals which can lead to problems for both the patient and the paramedics for not following the wishes of the patient.

One of the ways to help communicate that the person has a DNR is to have Vivo Alert. When registering with Vivo Alert the patient or caregiver can indicate in the bio that the patient has a DNR order and can even link off to a copy of the DNR. (Note: It’s best to host the copy of the DNR in a secure way.) When an emergency occurs and Vivo Alert is activated, Vivo Alert will notify the person on scene that the patient has a DNR order in place.

To see how this works you can sign up for Vivo Alert for free by going to