It remains important to attempt CPR if someone at home or in a public setting collapses and stops breathing or stops breathing normally (i.e. goes into cardiac arrest), while still keeping bystander rescuers as safe as possible. RCUK explains what to do to stay safe in an emergency.
RCUK welcomes the news that Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has made a commitment to publish clearer guidance around DNACPR as soon as possible. We have heard too many stories of patients being pressured into agreeing not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempted without any sense of shared decision-making or understanding of the relevance for them.
Donna Campbell, resuscitation department manager at James Cook University Hospital, explains how she has facilitated the safe delivery of RCUK Immediate Life Support (ILS) courses during the COVID-19 pandemic.