Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation can be inappropriate when it is against a person’s wishes, when it causes distress to patients and families or when it is futile.

In 2010, the Scottish Government published the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR): Integrated Adult Policy to ensure that staff can make the right decision in the event of a cardio respirator arrest.

This policy was updated in August 2016.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland has been responsible since 2010 for supporting NHS Scotland with implementation and embedding the DNACPR policy into practice:

  • Developing a DNACPR indicator, which covers adult, children and young people, to assist health and social care organisations with ongoing implementation
  • Hosting learning sessions to provide staff with opportunities to network and share good practice in using the data collected against the indicator to make improvement in local resuscitation practice over time

We acknowledge the continued commitment and dedication from staff across health and social care in working with us to realise these ambitious goals.

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