New system to record treatment preferences open to consultation

Categories: Community Engagement.

Developed by a working group of healthcare professionals, representatives from patient advisory groups and regulators, which was supported by the Resuscitation Council (UK) and Royal College of Nursing, the Emergency Care and Treatment Plan (ECTP) would allow a patient to express their priorities for treatment if they become seriously ill.

Patients using the ECTP would be able to put an emphasis on prolonging life or on comfort and symptom control – and can also indicate that they would like a balance between those two options. They would also be able to decide whether cardiopulmonary resuscitation should be attempted or not.

The Resuscitation Council (UK) has now opened a consultation period of six weeks, allowing members of the public to leave feedback on the ECTP and its supporting documents. It is particularly interested in hearing thoughts on the ECTP’s “content, clarity and structure”.

The supporting documents include separate information sheets for patients, families and for young people.

To complete the consultation survey, visit the Resuscitation Council (UK) website. The consultation period is open until 9am on Monday 29 February 2016.

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