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
- 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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