How should I discuss DNACPR with people who have dementia?
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How should I discuss DNACPR with people who have dementia?

Caroline Scates Interim lead, Professional and practice development at Dementia UK

Care planning discussions about the wishes of people with dementia, including whether to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation, should be proactive

Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) is a decision not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) (Resuscitation Council (UK) 2019). If cardiac or respiratory arrest is an expected part of the dying process and CPR would be unsuccessful, then a DNACPR decision is made and recorded in advance (Resuscitation Council (UK) 2019).

Nursing Older People. 32, 1, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/nop.32.1.15.s11

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