How to respect the ReSPECT process

Duration: 3 hours, hosted on Zoom for up to 20 participants.

3 CPD points.

ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment.

ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

It provides healthcare professionals responding to that emergency with a summary of recommendations to help them to make immediate decisions about that person’s care and treatment, the outcomes the patient values and those they fear and then how treatments and interventions, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) fit into this. It supports the important principle of personalised care.

Course objectives

  • Introduce ReSPECT
  • Look at what recommendations can be included on the form
  • Discover the practicalities of the form:

◦ Who is ReSPECT for?
◦ How do you complete the ReSPECT form?
◦ Who can complete the ReSPECT form?
◦ Storing the form

  • Explore the law and ethical issues:

◦ What is the difference between DNACPR and ReSPECT?
◦ Is the ReSPECT process legally binding?

  • Discuss how to care for someone with the ReSPECT form:

◦ In the hospital?
◦ In a hospice?
◦ When they are a child or young person?

  • Examine challenges such as:

◦ What do you do when a person with a ReSPECT form is unable to make or express choices (in an emergency)?
◦ People who do not want to engage in such a conversation
◦ What if a person does not want a ReSPECT form?
◦ What if the person or their representatives disagree with a clinical decision?

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