A patient has had a DNR order for several years but is now re-thinking this. The patient asks the nurse if he can change his DNR order so that all appropriate measures will be taken to save his life. Which of the following responses is correct?


•A patient can change their code status and revoke a DNR at any time. The physician should be notified.

Incorrect options:

•Waiting until the next day to talk to the physician could have negative consequences. The physician needs to be notified as soon as possible.

•Questioning the patient's decision can damage the nurse-patient relationship, making the patient defensive towards the nurse.

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