Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services

Educational Resources

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Do Not Resuscitate Bracelet (DNR)

Wisconsin has an advance directive that is worn on your wrist called a "DNR bracelet" (which means do not resuscitate). In 1996 the state legislature passed Wisconsin Act 200, which directs emergency personnel to withhold life saving procedures for individuals who wear this bracelet.

Those who qualify to have a DNR bracelet must be at least 18 years of age and have a terminal illness or a medical condition for which the person's physician determines that life-sustaining procedures would be unsuccessful or would cause significant pain or harms that outweighs the life saving efforts. If you are interested in a DNR bracelet you must contact your physician. *** It is important to know that even if a person has a Living Will or a Power of Attorney for Health Care, this is not sufficient to stop CPR out in the community or at home.

Spiritual Care at End-of-Life

The goal of spiritual care for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services is to service our patients' and families' needs, however they choose to define and understand them. We find that there are common spiritual needs identified by many dying patients: the need to reflect on the meaning of life, the need to tell one's life story, the need for belonging and community, and the need for hope.

We are committed to being nondenominational in the care that we provide. Our goal is to partner with our patients' choice of clergy, if they so choose, or, to have our patients' clergy fulfill that role if it is most appropriate for the patient.

Clergy breakfast discussions focusing on spiritual concerns at the end of life are scheduled periodically throughout the year. For more information call the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services chaplain at 847-2702.