The British Medical Association (BMA), the Resuscitation Council (UK), and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have issued new guidance Decisions Relating To CPR regarding anticipatory decisions about whether or not to attempt resuscitation in a person when their heart stops or they stop breathing.

The new edition takes into account developments in clinical practice and developments in the law regarding anticipatory decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The fundamental ethical principles that underpin this guidance are unchanged.

Conversations about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the end of life can be extremely difficult for individuals and their family/carers and can often feel overwhelming in making an informed decision. It is important to provide the necessary information to help support people to make choices about their future care.