The nurse is caring for a client who has stage 3 lung cancer and is in renal failure. The client indicates that he does not wish to have life-sustaining treatment and wants to die a natural death. What document does the nurse anticipate this client completing? Fill in the blank.
(Correct response: DNR form)
A DNR, or do not resuscitate order, allows the client to make his wishes known regarding care and treatments desired should he be unable to speak for himself. A DNR covers specific life-prolonging treatments such as tube feedings, artificial hydration, and code status. A DNR is a legally binding document; if a client requests to be a no-code and a code is run on him and he survives, the family or client may bring legal action against the health care provider and the facility. DNR status should be determined as soon as possible following client admission.