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.

Authorized Durable DNR Form and Instructions

How to Purchase DDNR Bracelets or Necklaces

What you need to know about DDNR and POST

DDNR FACT SHEET (Revised 12- 2017)

The Code of Virginia and Durable DNR

          National POLST Paridigm

           Virginia Post

           CentreLearn E-0216 – DNR-POST Palliative Care EMSAT

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

Guidance Documents relating to DDNR

Authority of Licensed Nurse Practitioners to write Do Not Resuscitate Orders

Authority of Physicians Assistants to write Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders)


Guidance Memorandum

Other Do Not Resuscitate Order (March 18, 2022) NEW