So, the only reason you stop CPR is if a doctor or paramedic calls it or if the person has a DNAR form. Yes this person may clearly have passed away but the nurses would have been slammed for not following NMC guidelines if they hadn’t have done CPR. This isn’t a failing! FairPlay to them I say, it must have been ridiculously hard for them to even try to resuscitate someone that they would have known has no chance of surviving and undignified for the person that had passed, but they did what they legally had to. I hope they were supported
It’s the bit that says ‘believing they had to do so’ there’s no believing about it! Fucking idiots 😫 I would have started CPR too regardless. We all know when someone has died but it’s not our call to say otherwise. You do what you have to and stop when you get told to stop
Even if you think they’re dead, you don’t stop CPR as you’re not medically trained to know the signs of a deceased person only the doctor or paramedic confirms life extinct then that’s when you cease CPR, but only once they’ve told you to stop. Thats coming from the DDC as we had a DIC not long ago.
I haven’t actually started my establishment yet so I’ll be interested to find out. I work in a hospital at the moment so unless someone has a DNAR form, we start CPR. Very difficult situation, I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it on someone that is ‘quite clearly dead’, I agree it’s not respectful at all, but there has been lots of cases like this where nurses have been questioned on their fitness to practise, some cases going to court. Granted, we’re not nurses but I still think that call should be left to a medical professional and we do what’s needed until they turn up