Patients may have been under inappropriate “do not resuscitate orders” by doctors making blanket decisions during the first wave of the pandemic, the care watchdog has said.Complaints about do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) orders jumped to 40 between March and September, compared with nine in the previous six months, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.An investigation by the CQC has found DNACPRs may have been used inappropriately as care services were under extreme pressure and had misunderstood guidance on their use. GP surgery apologises for sending ‘do not resuscitate’ form to patients In one case, a carer said an on-call doctor had told care home staff that any resident who caught COVID-19 would have a DNACPR order put in place.Another witness said some care homes and learning disability services were told by GPs to place blanket orders on everyone in their care. Advertisement The resuscitation procedure can cause punctured lungs, fractured ribs and severe bruising, and only 15 to 20% of people survive it in hospital.Outside of a hospital setting, survival rates drop to between 5 to 10%. More from UK COVID-19: Boris Johnson warns of ‘immense logistical challenges’ in distributing vaccine COVID-19: Professor Jonathan Van-Tam urges public to… Read full this story
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