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DNACPR notices: what nurses need to know

Nurses’ input can inform a decision about whether to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Nurses’ input can inform a decision about whether to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation

What is a DNACPR notice?

A do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) notice advises healthcare professionals not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for a person. It is a document issued and signed by the most senior clinician in charge of the person’s care, which is normally a doctor but can be a senior nurse.

The document can also be known as a DNAR (do not attempt resuscitation) notice.

Decisions only apply to CPR and all other appropriate treatment and care for that individual should continue, says joint guidance published by the British Medical Association (BMA), the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) and the

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