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Care homes and COVID-19: study points to pressures nursing staff felt at height of pandemic

QNI survey reveals nurses took a stand against blanket directives on DNACPR
care home nurse wearing a face mask and visor talks to care home resident

QNI survey reveals nurses took a stand against blanket directives on DNACPR

A study has shed light on how care home staff felt under pressure to accept people with unknown COVID-19 status at the height of the pandemic.

One of the report's analysists said the lack of testing would have exposed residents and staff to heightened risk.

The Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI) research also revealed many care home nurses resisted directives not to resuscitate individuals made without discussion with residents, families or staff.

The QNI's survey of its 400-member care home nurse network, obtained 163 responses. Of these, 70 (43%) said their home had received a patient discharged from hospital in March or April who had not been tested for the virus.

A fifth of respondents (21%) said they had received a patient discharged from hospital who had COVID-19.

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