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Advance care planning helps people to have a good end of life experience by respecting the persons treatment and support preferences. Part of this plan may include a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decision which means the person does not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if their heart or breathing stops.
Decisions and good practice
We’ve developed a range of guidance and best practice resources to support the social care workforce use DNACPRs to support people’s treatment and support preferences when they become ill. These resources also support some of the key findings and recommendations from the Care Quality Commission’s report .
When should a DNACPR be put in place and used?
Advance care planning and end of life care
Find out what cardiopulmonary resuscitation is and when a person might want to make a DNACPR decision. Best practice in having conversations, recording what’s been discussed and how decisions are made when a person lacks capacity to make a decision about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The Care Quality Commission’s review is about the use of DNACPR decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Admission to hospital
Find out what happens to a DNACPR form when a person is admitted to hospital, what care and support workers should be aware of if they’re supporting someone in hospital.
Managing, monitoring and reviewing
Learn how and when to review or change DNACPR decisions. Good practice examples: tools and resources; training and support for care staff.
People's rights to equal treatment
Advocating for people, checking details and when to challenge DNACPR decisions.
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Download our DNACPR poster to circulate or print.
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It’s useful to have a hospital bag ready to go in an ambulance in emergency situations. The bag should include the essential items needed to make the person’s stay in hospital as effective and comfortable as possible.
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Download our FAQs for an in depth look at Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR).