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What nurses need to know if they decide not to attempt CPR

If healthcare professionals feel a resuscitation attempt is inappropriate they must be ready to defend this decision if no DNACPR order is in place
Picture shows medic writing on clipboard. If a resuscitation attempt is inappropriate and no DNACPR order is in place, you must be ready to defend your decision.

If healthcare professionals feel a resuscitation attempt is inappropriate they must be ready to defend this decision if no DNACPR order is in place

  • Clear documentation on decisions is vital in the event of fitness to practise hearings
  • If death is imminent a decision not to start CPR should be supported, guidance says
  • Expert advises nurses to be ready to challenge employers over blanket CPR policies

Nurses need to be able to defend themselves if they decide not to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a patient in cases where there is no ‘do not attempt CPR’ (DNACPR) order in place, experts say.

They need clear documentation of their actions in case they face disciplinary or fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings.

In a recent high-profile FtP case a care home

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