Wisconsin residents have a choice between a plastic and a metal bracelet to identify themselves as having a do-not-resuscitate order. The written do-not-resuscitate order is issued by a physician under Chapter 154 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Chapter 154, Wis. Stats., are not intended to change the current practice of medicine in hospitals or other care facilities but are intended to streamline the care of any patient who has a KNOWN TERMINAL CONDITION to ensure that the medical care provided in the out-of-hospital setting is consistent with the patient's desire and the attending physician's authorization. A DNR order instructs emergency medical technicians, first responders, and emergency health care facilities personnel to not attempt resuscitation but to only provide comfort care to a person for whom the order is issued, if that person suffers cardiac or respiratory arrest.
TO REVOKE: The patient or the patient's guardian or health care agent who signed the DNR order can revoke the DNR order by expressing to emergency health care personnel the desire that the patient be resuscitated, or by removing, or asking someone to remove the bracelet. The attending physician must be notified a.s.a.p.
TO ORDER: Order forms for either bracelet can be obtained from the physician, or ordered from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Local Health Support and EMS by calling 608-266-1568