Clinical research survey: CPR decision forms

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Waveney paramedic Luke Jones is making a plea to clinical colleagues to help him conduct some research on CPR decision forms.

Luke’s online survey aims to understand clinicians’ views on whether or not they feel in a position to complete these forms as part of wider patient care. The survey (here) will only take a few minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous, and you have until 31st March to take part.

Luke says: “The survival to discharge rate from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is less than 10%.” Evidence suggests that CPR is started on many patients who would not benefit but for whom no previous CPR decision has been made.”*

The results from the survey will form part of a paper which Luke hopes to be submitting to the Journal of Paramedic Practice. It will, pending the results, provide scope for clinicians to deliver this holistic end-of-life care.

Luke added: “I'm hoping that this will encourage a trial of paramedics completing DNACPR decision forms with their patients, for approval by the patient's GP, to prevent unnecessary CPR on patients who are naturally at the end of their life and therefore afford them a far more dignified death.”

You can complete the survey online via Survey Monkey.

Lyon, R., Sinclair, N., & Henderson, C. (2010). Improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 2(10), 456-460.
NEoLCP. (2012). DNACPR decisions: who decides and how? National End of Life Care Programme.

 Published 9th March, 2017

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