The national Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) initiative launched in Norfolk in March 2020, just before the UK went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Although take up of ReSPECT has started there is still the need to raise awareness among the public about the initiative, and encourage everyone to start thinking about having ‘the conversation’.
What is ReSPECT?
ReSPECT is a personalised process to plan a person’s clinical care in the event of a future emergency. It results in a document that contains the person’s wishes and care preferences along with appropriate clinical recommendations. It will also record when a ‘Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decision has been made but it is important to note that a person can have a completed ReSPECT form and still be ‘for’ CPR. For further information, including frequently asked questions, please see https://www.resus.org.uk/respect/
Who is it for?
ReSPECT can be for anyone, of any age. It is most likely to benefit people:
with complex health needs or
at risk of sudden collapse or cardiac arrest or
nearing the end of their lives or
who want to record their preferences for any reason.