DNACPR – Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

[icon name=icon-download-alt]Decisions Relating To Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

A patient may choose not  to receive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in which case this information needs to be recorded and shared. A medical decision regarding whether Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation would be successful for a patient with a life limiting illness should be documented. According to best practice guidelines set out by the General Medical Council, such decision making must be discussed with patients and carers and the reason carefully explained and recorded. A conversation about CPR can be challenging. Such conversations must not be avoided just because they are difficult. If a patient chooses not to discuss CPR then this must be respected. If a patient is actively dying and cannot discuss the CPR decision making – it remains essential to inform relative and carers of the decision making process.

It is important to be clear that Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is a very specific treatment and a decision not to attempt CPR does not preclude treatment of any other medical problems.

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East Midlands DNACPR Forms
Below are the two DNACPR forms in use in Nottingham. The Hospital DNACPR form must have the ‘Valid after  Discharge’ item marked as ‘Yes’ for it to be valid in the community.

[icon name=icon-download-alt] East Midlands Unified DNACPR – PDF
[icon name=icon-download-alt] East Midlands Unified DNACPR – Editable Template
[icon name=icon-download-alt] DNACPR form NUH – PDF


Local Policies
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Nottingham City
[icon name=icon-download-alt] Do Not atttempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) Policy

Nottinghamshire County
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