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...

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