ReSPECT - Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment

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ReSPECT is a national initiative that has been created with input from both patients and clinicians across the UK. The idea behind it is to address issues that arise from the DNACPR (Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) forms.

Professionals are encouraged to have conversations with patients about what outcomes are most important to them and to help alleviate their fears. From this, the clinicians caring for those patients can then make a series of clinical recommendations, which will include a recommendation about attempted CPR, alongside the patient - and this would be recorded on a ReSPECT form.

Some patients may wish to take their ReSPECT form home with them and this is perfectly okay. As this is a national campaign, Ambulance Trust's, nursing homes and hospices will also be fully aware of the new approach, as well as the wider healthcare community.

More information can be found on the ReSPECT website.