Resuscitation Council UK publishes 2021 guidelines


Resuscitation Council UK has published its latest resuscitation guidelines providing up-to-date, evidence-based best practice.

The guidelines cover all age groups and aim to give people their best chance of a successful outcome from cardiac arrest, as well as improve patient and family experiences of conversations and decision-making to plan care they would want at the end of life.

Sue Hampshire, Director of Clinical and Service Development at RCUK said: “The pandemic has focused a lot of attention on decision-making around CPR. Our 2021 Guidelines continue to highlight the importance of integrating decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation in overarching advance emergency care treatment plans such as through the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) process. The guidelines recognise the importance of communication strategies and interventions to support discussions with patients and their family members as well as the need for support for those who witness resuscitation attempts.”

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The RCUK is currently updating its resuscitation courses for health and social care professionals to reflect the updated guidelines.

Refreshed adult courses will be available from July 2021. Current RCUK-accredited courses are continuing in the meantime. For more information visit the RCUK website.

You can read Resuscitation Council UK Guidelines 2021 at

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