THE MEDICINE WHEEL:
The Nursing Clinic located at the Judith Fisher Centre.
Email address: LasquetiHealthCentre@gmail.com
Nurse: Dianne McClure RN/MN
Cell: 250-240-5712 | Home: 250-752-7419
Clinic phone (during clinic hours): 250-333-8891
Hours: Drop in Thursday from 11:00am – 3:00pm September/October 2018
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*Friday March 13th Dan Clark will be at the JFC. Call Dianne to make an appointment 250-240-5712
March's topic will address something that is often difficult for people to discuss however, at some point in time may be necessary for either themselves or what is termed a persons “alternate decision maker” to address. This is the NO CARDIOPULMONARY RESUCITATION form. The terms No CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or DNR (do not resuscitate) are often used interchangeably.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was initially developed in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. It started initially with the development of the techniques and realization of the benefits of mouth-to-mouth ventilation. The benefits of external chest compressions were later described and it is the combination of this with mouth-to mouth ventilation that forms the basis of modern CPR. More recently basic life support consists of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and when available defibrillation using automated external defibrillators (AED). Immediate initiation of CPR and early defibrillation can improve the survival rate of someone suffering from a sudden cardiac arrest.
“No cardiopulmonary resuscitation” is defined as no CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the event of a cardiac arrest. The form may be provided by an individual’s doctor to the patient or their next of kin/alternate decision maker. The form allows a patient to clearly state that they do not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation to be given in the event when they can no longer make decisions for themselves. It directs care providers, community first responders/ambulance attendants or emergency room personnel to ensure an individual’s wishes are honored. Keeping the form available in case of an emergency will help to ensure that No CPR wishes are respected. MedicAlertÒ no CPR bracelets or necklets are available for free and allow for quick verification that No CPR orders are in place.
The signing of the form does not mean that other medical needs are not to be addressed. The form only addresses the initiation of CPR in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. The order can be rescinded by the individual/patient at any time and should be reviewed annually. If a patient/individual changes their mind about their wishes after signing a No CPR form they should inform their care provider(s) and tear up the form.
The form can be found at www.health.gov.bc.ca/exforms/bcas/302.1fil.pdf
I hope this article helps to inform and clarify some questions/concerns regarding No CPR. Please feel free to contact me if you have more questions regarding this.
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