The Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) is a process that allows people to record their wishes about how they would like to be treated in a medical emergency when they may not be able to communicate.
It involves a discussion between the individual and a clinician about the treatments they would or would not want to be considered, the things that are most important to them and any treatments that would not work for them. It also includes a decision on whether the individual would want cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in the event of a cardiac arrest.
This information is recorded on a ReSPECT form, which belongs to the individual and is kept by them.
At ESHT, the ReSPECT process was introduced to some areas in 2018 and will be used on all wards from 1st April 2019. GP colleagues and local hospices in East Sussex are working towards introducing the process later this year.
To prepare for the introduction of ReSPECT, we have produced a video for staff, which explains more about the process. The video, which is available below and is 14 minutes long, also includes a patient and carer talking about their experiences of ReSPECT.
If you are an inpatient or a family member/carer of an inpatient, and would like to know more, please ask the Matron on the ward for more information.
There is also a national website which gives more information – ReSPECT