Yes. All adult patients can request a DNR order. If you have not requested a DNR order and have not appointed a health care agent to decide for you, a family member or close friend can consent to a DNR order when you are terminally ill, permanently unconscious, CPR will not work (would be medically futile) or CPR would impose an extraordinary burden on you given your medical condition and the expected outcome of CPR. Anyone deciding for you must base the decision on your wishes, including your religious and moral beliefs, or if your wishes are not known, on your best interests.
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