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DNACPRs during Covid come under inquiry spotlight

The use of do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation instructions (DNACPRs) during the Covid pandemic is under scrutiny in Module 3 of the Covid inquiry.

Module 3 of the inquiry will look at healthcare-related inequalities in sectors including primary care, the impact of the pandemic on doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff, infection control, shielding and the impact on the clinically vulnerable.

Care homes can take part in this module by sharing their experiences of the health service’s communication with patients with Covid and their loved ones about patients’ condition and treatment, including discussions about DNACPRs.

Other topics for residential care managers under review include shielding and the impact on the clinically vulnerable (including those referred to as “clinically extremely vulnerable”), staffing levels and critical care capacity and services such as 111, 999 and ambulance services.

The application process to become a core participant for Module 3 will close on 5 December at 5pm, with detail set out in the core participant application protocol.

Core participants will be those with a significant interest in this section of the inquiry.  

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