We are often contacted with questions regarding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders. Indiana State Law has provisions in it to
accommodate certain persons who wish to not be resuscitated in the event
of a cardiac arrest. Currently, EMS in Indiana may not accept Living Wills
or other such documents meant to convey a wish not to be resuscitated.
We strive to accommodate the wishes of our patients and their families to
the fullest extent legally possible. With that in mind we have provided the
following links. If you have any questions about how this law applies to
you, please seek the advice of an attorney. If you have any questions about
your medical condition and how it applies to this law, please consult your
If, after discussing this with the appropriate legal and
healthcare professionals, you decide to execute a Do Not Resuscitate Order,
please keep the following in mind.
- Make sure that your family or caregiver is aware of your decision and
of the existence of the DNR Form.
- Make sure that you keep the form with you in a place where it is easy
to find. Remember, we can't honor your wish without having the form in our
- Make sure the form is protected from damage. We also cannot accept DNR
Forms that are illegible or damaged severely.
- Remember, this is the only DNR Form that our EMTs and paramedics can
- If you are a resident of a licensed healthcare facility this law does
not apply to you. Please speak with the appropriate person at your
facility about an Advance Directive.
You may review what the Indiana Code has to say on the subject
You may download the Indiana Do Not Resuscitate Form
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