Resuscitation Council (UK)
Legal status of those attempting CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

The legal status of those who attempt CPR

This document is an update of the original guide which was first published in 2000. Since then, two factors have made revision of the original publication  desirable. The first is the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) in England and Wales, and secondly the court judgements that have helped define the current legal position more precisely.

The revised document describes the obligations and responsibilities of those who attempt to resuscitate victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

The legal status of those who attempt resuscitation


August 2010, updated September 2015

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