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Letters Emergency care and resuscitation plans

Time to ReSPECT personal resuscitation plans for adults?

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 31 March 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j1634
  1. Toni Wolff, consultant neurodisability paediatrician1,
  2. William P Whitehouse, clinical associate professor2
  1. 1Children’s Centre, Nottingham City Hospital Campus, Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, Nottingham University, Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH
  1. toniwolffwhitehouse{at}

We agree with Pitcher and colleagues that resuscitation should be discussed earlier in the patient journey.1 This is easiest and most appropriate in the context of an emergency care plan (ECP), detailing how the patient may deteriorate and emphasising what to do, rather than discussing this in the context of a …

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