Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


No matter who we are we should all think about our end-of-life preferences.  Part of this is whether we would like a resuscitation attempt made if there was a need to restart the heart.  No matter what you chose you will continue to receive any other treatment and your healthcare team / GP will give you the best possible care.

Unfortunately, resuscitation (CPR) often doesn’t work.  When attempted in a hospital, about 4 out of 10 patients it is successful in restarting the heart and breathing.  However, only about 2 out of 10 patients survive long enough to leave hospital.  Some patients return to normal but many will have long term health problems after CPR.  Most patients never get back the physical or mental health they had before they were resuscitated.  Some may have bruised or broken ribs (occurring during CPR), some have brain damage or go into a coma.  If you decide you do not want a resuscitation attempt made your doctors and nurses will still continue to give the best possible treatment available for your comfort and quality of life.

This guide from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals discusses CPR in more detail:  Clcik here for Information

When:  Discuss this as soon as possible if this appropriate. 

It is best done now rather than at a time of emergency where you might feel pressured to make a decision.  If you would like someone who supports you to make these decisions on your behalf will need a LPA in place before they can do this.

How:  Tell your healthcare team / GP what you would like.

They must follow your wishes.

Who else can I talk to about this?

  • A member of staff involved in your care
  • Your family, friends & carers
  • Organisations – such as Age UK Sheffield,
  • Alzheimer’s Society call 0333 150 3456 (FREE) or For information
  • NHS 111 helpline