During hospitalization, an adult patient may consent to a DNR order verbally or in writing, if two adult witnesses are present. When consent is given verbally, one of the witnesses must be a physician affiliated with the hospital. Prior to hospitalization, consent must be in writing in the presence of two adult witnesses. In addition, the Health Care Proxy law allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions about CPR and other treatments if you become unable to decide for yourself.
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