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Michigan's Do-Not-Resuscitate Procedure Act

Refusing resuscitation

What Is A Do-Not-Resuscitate Order?

Some people don't want any special efforts made to prolong their life.  Many people don't want to be revived after their heart and breathing stop.  Under Michigan law, people may choose to sign something called a do-not-resuscitate order. This tells health care professionals not to try to revive them.

Who May Complete A Do-Not-Resuscitate Form?

A competent adult who has discussed the issue with his or her physician. The physician must also sign the order. People whose religion opposes medical treatment don't need a doctor's signature.

Where Do I Get The Form?

The forms are available from most hospices.

What happens to the form after I sign it?

Put it in a visible place in your home. You should tell your family or friends that you have signed a do-not-resuscitate order.  Tell them where to find it. You may also choose to wear a do-not-resuscitate bracelet.

Can I Be Forced To Sign A Do-Not-Resuscitate Order?

Absolutely not. No one may require it as a condition for care or treatment.

Can I change my mind after I sign a form?

Yes. You may cancel it at any time by any means of communication possible.

Will My Insurance Coverage Be Affected If I Sign Such An Order?

No. The law says that your insurance provider can't change, stop, refuse to renew, or invoke a suicide exemption or exclusion.

Haven't Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Changed?

Yes.  Before, they applied only in health care facilities such as hospitals. They did not cover people outside of these facilities, such as terminally ill patients at home. Licensed health care professionals were required to try and revive anyone who had no heart beat or sign of breathing.

Under state law, a do-no-resuscitate order is valid outside of a health care facility. A specific bracelet may be worn to signal that an order has been signed.  When the order is present or the bracelet is worn, and emergency responder cannot start resuscitation.