Launch of ReSPECT

05 December 2018
ReSPECT is for any patient (adult or child) who wants to record their care and treatment preferences for any reason. 

Today, CUH launches a new national initiative called ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment). 

ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a patient’s (adult or child) clinical care in a future emergency when they are unable to make or express choices, including guidance about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

It provides healthcare professionals responding to an emergency with a summary of recommendations to help them to make immediate decisions about that person’s care and treatment. The ReSPECT plan is created through conversations between a patient/family and their healthcare professional.

ReSPECT will be completed as a SMART form on EPIC.  Where desired, patients will be discharged with a paper copy of their ReSPECT form for the community. 

This new documentation will replace the Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO) and the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) documentation. 

More information can be found on the new CUH ReSPECT webpage.