Guidance to support the decision-making process of when not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation in prisons and immigration removal centres

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This guidance addresses the issue of inappropriate resuscitation following a sudden death in a prison, immigration removal centre, or residential short-term holding facility in the absence of a signed do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation document.

It is designed to support prison, detention, and healthcare staff in making a decision as to whether resuscitation would be futile and therefore compromise the dignity of the deceased individual.


Accessible version published 9 January 2024.