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Do Not Resuscitate Comfort Care

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 3701-62 creates standard, statewide rules pertaining to Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders. The rules were first enacted in 1999 and are authorized by Ohio Revised Code Sections 2133.21 through 2133.26.

A person, in consultation with a physician, certified nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist, may seek a DNR order. There are currently two types of DNR orders: 1) "DNR Comfort Care," and 2) "DNR Comfort Care - Arrest." Upon the issuance of either order, standard forms of identification are provided for in OAC rule 3701-62-04.

If a person has either type of DNR order, there is a standard protocol for treatment found in OAC rule 3701-62-05. For a patient with a "DNR Comfort Care" order, the DNR protocol is activated when the DNR order is issued. For a patient with a "DNR Comfort Care - Arrest" order, the protocol is activated when the patient experiences cardiac or respiratory arrest.

A patient with a DNR order may revoke it at any time.

The death of a patient resulting from the withholding or withdrawl of CPR for the person pursuant to the DNR protocol does not constitute for any purpose a suicide, aggravated murder, murder, or any other homicide.

ODH distributes information only about the DNR protocol and identification. Medical questions should be addressed to your own physician or to the Ohio State Medical Board. Legal questions should be addressed to your own attorney.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Do Not Resuscitate Program
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-3975
Fax: (614) 728-9169 or (614) 564-2422

E-mail: DNR@odh.ohio.gov

Last Updated: 3/20/08