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Emergency plan more respectful

Evesham Editorial 22nd Oct, 2019   0

A NEW process to support people to get the care they want in a medical emergency has been introduced across Worcestershire.

The Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment, or ReSPECT, is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency if they are unable to make or express choices.

The ReSPECT process is a new approach to encourage people to talk about the future with those important to them and the healthcare professionals looking after them, to create an individualised plan to try to ensure they get the right care in a future emergency.

The plan is recorded on a ReSPECT form and includes their personal priorities for care and agreed clinical recommendations about the treatment that could help achieve the outcome the person would want, and those that would not help, or they would not want.

The form can be for anyone but will have increasing relevance for people who have complex health needs, people who are at risk of sudden deterioration or cardiac arrest, and people who are likely to be nearing the end of their lives.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has led the roll out of ReSPECT across all health and care settings across the county in collaboration with Macmillan, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Primary Care and other agencies, including the county’s three hospices.

Jo Hodgetts, Project Lead for ReSPECT in Worcestershire said: “For many people discussions around future care planning including approaching the end of life can be a sensitive subject, however it is incredibly important to ensure that those caring for you know what you would and wouldn’t want to happen, if you became so unwell you were unable to communicate your wishes.

“Having a ReSPECT form in place, empowers the public to guide clinicians responding to them in an emergency situation, as they will be better informed about your wishes and agreed appropriate treatments.”

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