Do Not Resuscitate Orders

1. The person who intends to sign the Order (the declarant) must meet the statutory requirements: An individual must be at least 18 years old and of sound mind to execute a Do Not Resuscitate Order.

  • If an individual is unable to participate in medical treatment decisions, as defined in MCL 700.5508, the individual's patient advocate may execute a Do Not Resuscitate Order on the patient's behalf.

2. The appropriate one of two forms should be chosen:

  • Do Not Resuscitate Order for Individuals Who Are Treated by a Physician
  • Do Not Resuscitate Order for Individuals Who Depend on Spiritual Means for Healing

3. The Order must be signed and dated by the declarant, the attending physician (if applicable), and two witnesses.

  • The witnesses must be at least 18 years old and at least one of them must be someone other than the declarant's spouse, parent, child, grandchild, sibling, or presumptive heir.
  • A witness may sign only if the declarant appears to be of sound mind and under no duress, fraud, or undue influence.

4. Once the Order is properly executed, the declarant may wear a do-not-resuscitate identification bracelet on his or her wrist. The bracelet must include the following, printed so they are easy to read:

  • The name and address of the declarant
  • The name and telephone number of the declarant's physician

5. The Order should be kept at the declarant's residence or in another accessible place outside of a medical facility. If an attending physician signs the Order, he or she must add a copy of it to the declarant's permanent medical records.