CPR is an emergency procedure used when a person’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
It combines rescue breathing and chest compressions, where rescue breathing provides oxygen to the person’s lungs and chest compressions keep oxygen-rich blood flowing until the heartbeat and breathing can be restored. Other procedures used may tracheal intubation, electrical cardioversion or resuscitation medication.
Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) is an order specifically requesting that the above interventions are not attempted.
Ministry of Health. 2015. New Zealand Palliative Care Glossary. Wellington: Ministry of Health.