Do Not Attempt – CPR (DNA-CPR)

Part 3 of HSE National Consent Policy 2022 provides a decision-making framework to facilitate the advanced discussion of personal preferences regarding Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Do Not Attempt – CPR (DNACPR) orders and to ensure that decisions relating to CPR and DNACPR orders are made consistently, transparently and in line with best international practice.


DNA-CPR research project

The National Office for Human Rights and Equality Policy has contracted Dr John Lombard Lecturer in Law, and his team at the University of Limerick to undertake research on Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) to identify best DNACPR practice, training and policy to inform the drafting of a new standalone DNACPR policy for the HSE.

We are interested in capturing the experiences and opinions of those using services through a questionnaire to inform future policy development.

This questionnaire is for the general public - for persons using services, their families and carers.  

The questionnaire can be accessed HERE

A separate survey to capture the experiences of healthcare workers and service providers will be circulated in the coming weeks.

The questionnaire will remain open for responses until 22nd Sept 2023. 


Guidance regarding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and DNAR Decision-Making during COVID-19

A supplementary guidance document was developed for health and social care professionals (HSCPs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was applicable to all care environments where services are provided for and on behalf of the HSE including acute hospitals, the ambulance service, community hospitals, residential care settings, general practice and home care. The document can be found HERE