The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has come out strongly against policies in nursing homes and assisted living facilities that prohibit cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for residents in distress. According to McKnights.com, unless a resident has a “do-not-resuscitate” order or advance directive in place, nursing homes must provide CPR to a resident in cardiac arrest. Violation of this policy could result in survey citations and steep fines, federal officials warned in a recent memo to care facilities.
Federal officials say there is a general shift in nursing home populations with younger, short-stay residents choosing to stay in these homes. Scientific research shows CPR is effective with this group. The law also requires CPR-certified staff to be available at nursing homes and care facilities at all times. Read the rest »