‘Do not resuscitate order’ summary.

April 8th, 2020 by Dr Wheeler

We realise that this is a stressful time for everyone in the community – especially those in higher risk categories for coronavirus.

Hopefully very few families will have to deal with serious illness related to the pandemic… but for those that do – it is important that a horrible situation isn’t made worse by misinformation or misunderstanding.

I want to highlight a link to a very well written summary of what ‘Do not resuscitate’ or ‘Do not attempt CPR’ orders are (DNACPR).

Dr Rachel Clarke makes some very important points in the piece – and it may well help some questions or concerns that you or your loved ones might have.
Do not resuscitate link.

If, after reading this, you have questions you want to ask your doctor then please give us a call. We would be very happy to record any wishes you have related to planning for the future, and we might be able to clear up anything you are not sure of.

Please be reassured that DNACPR orders will not be added to anyones notes without discussion, and that they do not affect in any way patient’s access to normal care – up to and including oxygen / ventilation / antibiotics etc.

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