In the event that the patient was to pass away, they said something about their resuscitation wishes, and a patient’s family members ask you to check what the resident’s record says about. After checking the records, you see that the patient has given permission to share all medical information with their family members. You also see the initials DNR in the patient’s advance directive. You tell the family:
The patient’s file has a notation that says they do not wish to be resuscitated.
DNR is a universal abbreviation for “DO NOT RESUSCITATE.” Remember: you would never release any resident information to the family if there was not explicit permission found in the resident’s files. It would be in violation of HIPAA regulations when giving that information without the resident’s permission, which should be known, understood, and followed at all times by all healthcare professionals.