Public Sector Event

Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Orders

Venue: Cavendish Conference Centre
22 Duchess Mews

Date: 22 Jan 2014

Synopsis: This training day will look at the role of DNACPRs within all healthcare settings.

"A high proportion of in-hospital deaths now involve CPR attempts, even when the underlying condition and general health of the patient makes success unlikely. In addition, even when there is clear evidence that cardiac arrest or death are likely, decisions about the patient’s CPR status are not always documented clearly. The result is that patients may undergo futile attempts at CPR during their dying process. Improved knowledge, training, and do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decision-making should improve patient care and prevent these futile and undignified procedures at the end of life. Patients for whom CPR cannot prolong life, but merely prolong the dying process should be identified early." Time to Intervene? A review of patients who underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation as a result of an in-hospital cardiorespiratory arrest NCEPOD 2012 The importance of proper documentation and communication of DNACPR orders cannot be emphasised enough. There is still confusion as to when they should be applied, who should be consulted and the documentation required.


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491