Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Illinois

Document Name:
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Uniform Do-Not_Resuscitate (DNR) Advance Directive
Where do you get the form
To obtain a copy of the IDPH Uniform DNR form, you may request one from your health-care professional or facility. Copies also are available on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site located at or by calling 217-785-2080
Who signs the form
The form is signed by the physician, the patient, and one witness.
Who can request a DNR

     An adult or an emancipated minor who does not wish to have CPR attempted when his or her heart and/or breathing stops may have a DNR order.

Patient Identification
There is no requirement for a patient to wear a DNR identification bracelet. EMS will honor a DNR form signed by a physician, patient and one witness.
How do you obtain a DNR bracelet
The IDPH does not specify any specific company from which to purchase the bracelet.  You should ask your physician for a recommendation when meeting to discuss the DNR form.
Revoking a DNR
The DNR order can be revoked in a variety of ways, such as by writing “VOID” in large letters across the front of the form. If you revoke a DNR order, you also should tell your family members, as well as each health-care professional and provider that has received a copy of the order. You may then choose not to have a DNR order, or you may choose to complete a new DNR order reflecting any changes you wish.
Photocopies of a completed IDPH Uniform DNR are valid.
State info link
State statute link:
Other links
DNR Bracelet links
Illinois does not recommend a specific vendor.  However, here’s one you might try:
Medic Alert Foundation International
Special Notes
Order a Vial of Life decal for your front door. The decal informs Emergency Medical Services team a DNR has been prepared and can be found in your refrigerator.

2 thoughts on “Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Illinois

  1. marge hawkins

    Are nurses allowed to be witnesses for a DNR if the resident resides in your facility? I was taught in school that we are not allowed to be witnesses.

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