Ask ECRI: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation when the Patient's DNR Status Is Unknown
June 22, 2020 | Aging Services Risk Management
A member recently asked us for information concerning do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders in ambiguous situations. If a patient becomes unresponsive and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is indicated, but the patient's DNR status is unknown, what course of action is advisable?
In our reply, we note that a DNR order is an instruction to healthcare providers not to perform CPR on a person who is...