DNR orders are a common element of advanced planning, especially for those with a lower chance of survival should the heart stop beating.
There are many reasons why someone may seek a DNR, such as the increased risk of the following after cardiac arrest:
- heart damage
- brain damage
- internal bleeding
- lung injury
- broken ribs
For many people, the risk of harm and pain from CPR is higher than the potential benefits. Additionally, some people may not want to be on life support at the end of their life, and the DNR is a way for them to help prevent that.
It is also important to note that a DNR order can be reversed, and those with a DNR can always change their mind and request CPR.