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Posted on December 2, 2020 at 10:26 PM

The Care Quality Commission is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. It is conducting an investigation into the use of do-not-resuscitate orders. Its report is due in early 2021.

CPR is often not successful for older adults. Only 15% to 20% of those who undergo CPR in hospital survive. Those rates drop to 5% to 10% outside a hospital setting. But despite those low rates and despite the fact it can cause punctured lungs, fractured ribs and severe bruising; failing to fully appraise a patient or their loved ones of their options is a breach of their human rights.

CQC is already finding (and here) significant evidence of "blanket" DNR orders rather than decisions made on an individual basis and in consultation with family.

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