Durable Do Not Resuscitate Program

“Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order” means a written physician’s order issued pursuant to §54.1-2987.1 to withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation from a particular patient in the event of cardiac or respiratory arrest. For purposes of this program, cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall include cardiac compression, endotracheal intubation and other advanced airway management, artificial ventilation, defibrillation and related procedures.

Durable DNR Forms

As of July 20, 2011 the authorized Durable DNR has changed to a downloadable form.  The previous authorized yellow DNR form may still be honored.  Click below to download and print the new Durable DNR Form and its instructions.



What you need to know about DDNR and POLST


The Code of Virginia and Durable DNR

National POLST

Virginia POLST

Virginia POLST – Announcement

National POLST Fillable Form

2022 DDNR Update – Symposium Presentation

Questions about the Durable DNR Program? Please contact (804) 888-9131.

Guidance Documents relating to DDNR


Authority of Physicians Assistants to write Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders)-85-8-PA_508c


Guidance Memorandum

Other-DDNR-Guidance-Doc-03182022-1_508c (March 18, 2022) NEW