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RCUK Guidelines 2021 coming soon

Following the publication of the European Resuscitation Council's Guidelines, RCUK’s 2021 Guidelines will be published on 5 May 2021. These expert-written Guidelines show what best practice in resuscitation looks like.  

Covering all age groups, they encourage clinical excellence, giving people their best chance of successful outcomes from cardiac arrest, and improved experiences of planning conversations and CPR decisions. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on important Guidelines information; if you have an account on our Learning Management System (LMS), please log in now and make sure your contact details are up to date. 

LMS downtime: On 19 May, the LMS will be temporarily unavailable while we make a few system updates. If you may need to use the LMS on or around that day, please plan in advance to ensure you're prepared for the downtime. Thank you for your patience.

Train your workforce in CPR

We’ve updated e-Lifesaver, our workplace CPR training tool. Now, individuals and smaller organisations can pay per play, learn the vital skills needed to give someone their best chance of survival, and obtain a certificate on completion of the programme.  

Two new CPR scenarios have now been added for both individuals and organisations of all sizes, so you can choose between two and four scenario packages. Learn more about how e-Lifesaver can benefit your workplace today and find the package that’s right for you.

Policy in practice

Scotland’s Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy for 2021-2026 has been published. As a partner of the Save a Life for Scotland campaign, RCUK was pleased to contribute to the development of the strategy and strongly supports its aims. We look forward to supporting the implementation of the strategy over the next five years.  

The Welsh Senedd has voted to pass the Curriculum and Assessment (Wales) Bill, displaying a commitment to lifesaving skills being taught in Welsh schools from 2022. This completes the Bill’s fourth and final stage in the Senedd before receiving Royal Assent.  

Northern Ireland's SDLP have made public the results of a survey of almost 1,000 people in Northern Ireland about making cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) part of the curriculum, saying the overwhelming majority of respondents were in favour of introducing compulsory CPR training in schools.  

Have you heard?

In March, RCUK were pleased to host a National Voices session on healthcare inequalities and partnership working with Professor Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire, and Dr Shakeel Ahmed of The British Islamic Medical Association. You can watch the session on the National Voices YouTube channel. We are keen to expand our partnerships with community-based organisations to increase awareness about cardiac arrests and improve access to CPR training. Please email to share ideas of organisations we could work with to address the inequalities in this area.
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) report, ‘Time Matters’, which looks into the quality of care provided in UK hospitals following an out of hospital cardiac arrest, has been published.
Warwick University have published their Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Overview for 2019.  
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Decision-making updates

RCUK welcomes the CQC and Compassion in Dying reports into DNACPR use during the pandemic, and calls upon NHS England and Improvement (NHSEI) to champion the use of the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) process nationally.

We also welcome the publication of a qualitative observational study of ReSPECT conversations in six NHS Trusts. The paper, ‘Why, when and how do secondary-care clinicians have emergency care and treatment planning conversations? Qualitative findings from the ReSPECT Evaluation Study’, involved a small number of early adopter sites.

In further decision-making news, NHSEI have published updated DNACPR guidance for the general public.

Papers of Note 

To be, or not to be BAME, in the time of COVID-19: does it matter? F Aaysha Cader, Clyde W Yancy, Shrilla Banerjee. Read more >
Impact of community initiatives on non-EMS bystander CPR rates in West Yorkshire between 2014 and 2018. Andrew S.Lockey, Terry P.Brown, Jason D.Carlyon, Claire A.Hawkes. Read more >
Association between admission to a cardiac arrest centre and survival to hospital discharge for adults following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A multi-centre observational study. Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt, Gavin D. Perkins, Jonathan Benger. Read more >  
Family presence during resuscitation in paediatric and neonatal cardiac arrest: A systematic review. Katie N. Dainty, Dianne L. Atkins, Jan Breckwoldt, Ian Maconochie, Steve M. Schexnayder, Markus B. Skrifvars, Janice Tijssen, Jonathan Wyllie, Marie Furuta. Read more > 
The effect of alternative methods of cardiopulmonary resuscitation — Cough CPR, percussion pacing or precordial thump — on outcomes following cardiac arrest. A systematic review. Ryan Dee, Michael Smith, Kausala Rajendran, Michael Smyth, Christian Vaillancourt on behalf of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation Basic Life Support Task Force Collaborators. Read more >  
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