Long-Term Care

CMS memo emphasizes the need to provide life support

MDS 3.0 Insider, November 1, 2013

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In an October 25 memo to state survey agency directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homesmust provide basic life support, including initiation of CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest (cessation of respirations and/or pulse) in accordance with that resident’s advance directives or in the absence of advance directives or a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. CPR-certified staff must be available at all times.

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