P_CS_08 Resuscitation Policy

It is the aim of Lincolnshire Community Health Services to provide a high quality, consistent and evidence based response from appropriately skilled staff to any sudden collapse, medical emergency or cardiopulmonary arrest within their work environments.


In the context of this document the term resuscitation applies to and includes cardiopulmonary arrest, paediatric and medical emergencies involving life support actions.




LCHS recognises that an effective response to, and the management of a cardiac arrest or medical emergency is a key objective


The Trust will aim to achieve the core standards for Resuscitation,  (Quality Standards for cardiopulmonary resuscitation practice and training, Resuscitation Council, 2013, 2016) :


  • Ensuring effective communication arrangements to summon an appropriate response

  • An early warning system is in place for the recognition of patients at risk of cardiac arrest (Patient Safety First, NPSA, 2009) LCHS uses the National  Early Warning Score.

  • Ensure access to appropriate equipment, including defibrillators / Automated External Defibrillators to ensure defibrillation can be achieved in 3 minutes

  • Provide access to appropriate training and development to ensure the competencies of staff

  • Ensure all training in accordance with Resuscitation Council (UK) Resuscitation Guidelines 2015

  • Ensure staff understand decisions specific to CPR and  Do Not Attempt CPR (DNACPR) policy is in place.

  • Reporting of all Life Support actions using Datix and review of all deaths following cardiac arrest where LCHS staff are present by the Mortality Review Panel.

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