What is a Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Order?

A Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) order is a document issued by your physician which states that you do not wish to receive life-saving measures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When a DNR order is properly executed, a health care provider may not perform CPR on you if he/she knows about the order. If the health care provider feels as if he/she cannot abide by the order if you experience cardiac arrest, he/she must transfer you to a facility that will. 

Executing a DNR is in no way considered suicide, and withholding CPR from a person who has a DNR order is in no way considered murder. A DNR order will not invalidate a life insurance policy. 

For more information, see: W. Va. Code §§ 16-30C-1 to -16 (2015); http://www.wvendoflife.org (last visited May 29, 2015).