Question: Patient has a FBAO and a valid DNR (ex. nursing home). Resuscitate or not?
This is a very frequently asked question. The duty of all paramedics and front line providers is to assist patients. A valid DNR does not preclude a paramedic from attempting to assist a patient who is choking. However, once a patient has suffered a cardiac arrest -for whatever the reason- and this patient has a valid DNR, then the DNR is to be followed as described.