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Nurses to make CPR decisions

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Nurses should be allowed to make decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation, according to latest professional guidelines.
A joint statement from the RCN, BMA and Resuscitation Council, published on Friday, says that ‘suitably experienced nurses may make decisions if local policy allows’.

The guidelines also emphasise the importance of nurses and doctors being ‘open and transparent’ about CPR decisions with patients, and about communication between different groups of health professionals – such as ambulance staff and A&E.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘It will mean that when a suitably experienced nurse believes that CPR will not be successful, they will be able to respond appropriately without having to wait for a GP or consultant.

‘It recognises the important part that nurses play in decisions related to resuscitation and will allow experienced nurses to make key decisions in conjunction with their patients if appropriate,’ he added.
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