If you decide that you do not want to receive CPR if you experience cardiac arrest, you should obtain a DNR order. You can also include your wish not to be revived in your living will and/or you medical power of attorney. To receive a DNR order, you must request that you physician provide the order in writing. A representative or health care surrogate may also request a DNR order on your behalf if you are incapacitated. If you do not reside in a health care facility, your order must be reduced to a card that can be carried with you. In addition, you must wear a DNR identification bracelet or necklace.
Examples of DNR orders are available in the West Virginia Code § 16-30C-6(f) (2015) and at http://www.wvethics.org (last visited May 29, 2015).
For more information, see: W. Va. Code §§ 16-30C-1 to -16 (2015); http://www.wvendoflife.org (last visited May 29, 2015).