ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment. It is a national process established by the Resuscitation Council and is increasingly being adopted within health and care communities around the UK.
Wolverhampton has made the decision to embrace and adopt the ReSPECT process from September 1st.
Anyone can participate in the ReSPECT process and it can be used for all ages. Even if they are currently well, particular consideration should be given to:
- People with a long-term-condition, life limiting condition or disability who may deteriorate suddenly or are at risk of a sudden event.
- People who were otherwise well who have deteriorated suddenly.
- People at foreseeable risk of death or sudden cardiorespiratory arrest.
- People having an intervention, such as major surgery.
- People who are nearing the end of life.
The ReSPECT process is best started and the form completed when the person is relatively well, so that if a crisis occurs, their preferences and agreed clinical recommendations are already known and recorded. However, some people may develop a sudden, severe illness so consideration and discussion for ReSPECT should be done as soon as reasonably possible.
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Resuscitation Council UK: ReSPECT Resources
To find out more – please ask your clinician.