Thinking ahead with anticipatory care planning and documenting discussions using the ReSPECT process
The ReSPECT process creates a personalised recommendation for someone’s clinical care in emergency situations where they are not able to make decisions or express their wishes.
Trained staff guide selected patients through an extended conversation, often taking place over several contacts to allow families and carers to be involved. This results in a completed ReSPECT form that details the person’s wishes for their care, along with appropriate clinical recommendations, which can include a “Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation” (DNACPR), if that decision is made.
ReSPECT is however about much wider care preferences and treatment ceilings and is equally applicable to patients for whom resuscitation is appropriate.
Access our training and implementation resources.
Find out more about ReSPECT during COVID-19 from the Resuscitation Council.
Helping break unwelcome news
Health Education England has published a set of materials and films which aim to support staff through difficult conversations arising from the COVID-19 outbreak.
The framework includes posters and films based on the evidence base from Real Talk and then filmed with willing volunteers.
You can watch the films here:
Then access the resources here: