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Also often called a "no code," a DNR is placed on a patient's medical chart to indicate there should be no attempt to restart a failed heartbeat or restore breathing by any means such as by using CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), a ventilator, electrical stimulation, or use of medications for this purpose. A DNR order can be changed and experts say it should be reviewed regularly.
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