CQC to review use of DNACPR during pandemic
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Decisions about resuscitation that were taken during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic are being reviewed. A report will be released in 2021.

The Care Quality Comission (CQC) have been asked by the Department of Health and Social Care to review how DO NOT ATTEMPT CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (DNACPR) decisions were made during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Earlier in the year concerns were reported that elderly and vulnerable people may be being subjected to DNACPR decisions without consent or with little information to allow them to make an informed decision.
  • The review will look to identify and share best practice in this complex area, as well as identify where decisions may not have been patient-centred and ensure mistakes are not repeated.

The report is due to be released in 2021. For guidance on advanced care planning you can visit https://mycarematters.org/myfuturecare.

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