End of life care: Treatment and care after a DNACPR decision

  1. 144. You must make it clear to the healthcare team and, if appropriate, the patient and those close to the patient that a DNACPR decision applies only to CPR. It does not imply that other treatments will be withdrawn or withheld. Other treatment and care will be provided if it is clinically appropriate and agreed to by a patient with capacity, or if it is of overall benefit to a patient who lacks capacity.
  2. 145. A DNACPR decision should not override your clinical judgement about CPR if the patient experiences cardiac or respiratory arrest from a reversible cause, such as the induction of anaesthesia during a planned procedure, or if the circumstances of the arrest are not those envisaged when the DNACPR decision was made.

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