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- A DNR is a medical order, while an advance directive is not
- An advance directive cannot be revoked, while a DNR can be revoked
- An advance directive is a medical order, while a DNR is not
- An advance directive needs to be removed, but a DNR does not
A patient may have an advance directive to guide healthcare decisions if he ever reaches the point where he cannot make decisions for himself. A do-not-resuscitate order may also be on the patients chart. A DNR is a medical order that only applies to actions needed when the patients heart stops beating. Alternatively, an advance directive is not a medical order but it does apply to a variety of care situations that may be needed.
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