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Letters Detoxifying DNACPR discussions

Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation: detoxifying the conversation about values and needs

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 24 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4563
  1. Sue Hampshire, director of clinical and service development,
  2. Zoe Fritz, chair of the ReSPECT subcommittee
  1. Resuscitation Council UK, 5th Floor, Tavistock House North, London WC1H 9HR, UK
  1. sue.hampshire{at}

Resuscitation Council UK welcomes David Oliver’s article1 about the public conversation around do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions.

At Resuscitation Council UK, we have been concerned by reports of people being subjected to DNACPR decisions without their consent or with little involvement during the pandemic.

There is limited public understanding that a DNACPR recommendation should not affect …

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