Date Published

October 11, 2012

Updated For

ALS PCS Version ALS PCS Version 5.2


Question: I would like to go back to the DNR ventilation question from Sept 4th. The way I understand your answer is that there is no difference between Assisted ventilations and Artificial ventilations in regards to a DNR; Both are inappropriate if a DNR is present, even if the patient has spontaneous respirations. I am interpreting your answer correctly?


 Thanks for the question. Perhaps there is something here we do not understand as to the background of your question. Yes, if a patient has a valid DNR as per the DNR Patient Care Standard, do not administer artificial ventilations (ie do not bag the patient using a BVM) and do not insert an oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal airway.

A copy of this standard can be found on our website along with a training bulletin from EHS.



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