An enquiry into patient outcome and death has reviewed the care given to 585 acutely ill patients who ended up having a cardiac arrest.
They found that cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) had become the default action. It is believed that a third of cardiac arrests could have been prevented. The report claims that staff are not properly assessing the condition of the patient and failing to spot warning signs of an impending cardiac arrest.
Lack of communication and understanding are also being blamed. Whether patients are being told about their rights adequately, for example their right to not be resuscitated, is an issue. There is also the worry that speedy staff handovers and poor documentation are adding to the problem.
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