Guidance Regarding Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and DNAR Decision-Making during the COVID-19 Pandemic

This guidance is for health and social care professionals (HSCP’s) and is provided in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is 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 guidance includes information on:

  • advance care planning and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • advance healthcare directives
  • decision-making including making Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) decisions.
  • performance of CPR during the COVID-19 outbreak

Guidance document

Background note on the guidance

This document should be read in conjunction with other relevant guidance, including the Health Service Executive (HSE) National Consent Policy 2019, the Department of Health (DoH) Ethical Framework for Decision-Making in a Pandemic, the DoH Ethical Considerations relating to Critical Care in the context of COVID-19 and the DoH Ethical Considerations for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use by Health Care Workers in a Pandemic.

Resources for Guidance on Advance Care Planning and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation during Covid-19 Outbreak

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