No. In Arizona, a Pre-hospital Medical Care Directive (aka “Do-Not-Resuscitate Order” or “DNR”) deals exclusively with response by medical personnel to cardiac or respiratory arrest. The directive must be printed on orange paper and signed by the patient’s doctor and an independent witness. It is recommended that the patient wear a bracelet to alert paramedics to the existence of a DNR Order.
A DNR Order is a medical document. A Living Will declaration is a legal document. In effect, a Living Will declaration authorizes the implementation of a DNR Order by the patient's health care agent, or if none, by the patient's health care surrogate as determined by Arizona law.
Thomas J. Bouman