CPR Status Identification for Small Animal Clinic

The SOP describes a collar system that will allow any member of the hospital to immediately identify the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) status of any patient in the Small Animal Clinic in anesthesia, ER, IMC, and ICU upon visualizing the patient.

Any patient in the Small Animal Clinic that will receive care by the anesthesia, ER, IMC, or ICU services will have a collar applied by a member of the primary service overseeing their care indicating the client-approved CPR status of the animal. All individuals involved with patient care in the Small Animal Clinic will be able to visualize these collars and take the appropriate action in the event of cardiac arrest. 

• Red DNR collars
• Green CPR collars


A member of the primary service responsible for patient care will apply either a red DNR or green CPR collar to their patient’s neck prior to the patient being received by the anesthesia, ER IMC, or ICU services. The color selected will reflect the patient’s client-approved CPR status:

  • Red with DNR print – Do not resuscitate or perform CPR 
  • Green with CPR print – Perform CPR 

If placement of a neck collar is not possible, the CPR status must be verbally communicated to the clinician overseeing patient care in anesthesia, ER IMC, or ICU, and the CPR collar must still be provided. This collar is in addition to the orange admission collar with the patientidentification label. Collars will be stored in the anesthesia prep room, ER, IMC, and ICU in the Small Animal Clinic

Last Updated: 1/1/2022

KeywordsDNR, Collar, CPR, Cardio, cardiopulmonary, resuscitation, cardiac arrest, red, green, neck collar   Doc ID124739
OwnerJenny C.GroupUofI College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
Created2023-03-10 15:04 CDTUpdated2023-03-10 15:08 CDT
SitesUniversity of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital
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