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Guidelines to be published in May 2021

RCUK wants to ensure our resuscitation community have the time and space to read, learn from, and implement the 2021 Guidelines at a time that works for them.  

With this in mind, Resuscitation Council UK’s revised resuscitation guidelines will now be published in May 2021 instead of March 2021 owing to this continuing, and challenging, wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will also be continuing our work to support our healthcare community during this time.  

In the meantime, please continue to refer to our 2015 Guidelines.

Anaphylaxis consultation now open 

The 2021 RCUK draft 'Emergency treatment of anaphylaxis guidelines for healthcare providers' is now out for public review. Don't miss your chance to feedback on resuscitation practice - review the guidelines and submit your response by 15 February. 

ReSPECT update

Adoption of the ReSPECT process continues to grow across the UK as shown on the map of areas which are either working towards, or have fully adopted, the process. If you are interested in adoption and haven’t yet signed up, please get in touch with us at

Thank you to all our adopter leads who are now using the updated version of the ReSPECT form (version 3). We hope this will enhance the conversations you have around decision making. A survey for feedback about using the form will be available soon. 

For the past few months, we have been working closely with Coordinate My Care (CMC) to align the ReSPECT process within their digital system. Now complete, this work will enable organisations in London to adopt the ReSPECT process.  

Finally, we are pleased that ReSPECT will be included in the upcoming revised course manuals which are being produced as part of the guidelines process, which will further enhance awareness and understanding of the ReSPECT process. 

To learn more about ReSPECT, visit

Catherine Baldock
Clinical Lead for ReSPECT

Have you heard?

Update your LMS details: 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, to make sure you don’t miss out on important information about our upcoming work around the 2021 Guidelines and Courses. 
Anaphylaxis guidance for vaccination settings: In support of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout, we have produced guidance for managing anaphylaxis in vaccination settings. 
CQC strategy consultation: The Quality Care Commission is reviewing their strategy for their future regulation, and are seeking feedback on their proposals. Submissions for feedback close on Thursday, 4th March 2021. 
CPR training in Northern Ireland: The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce compulsory CPR training and AED awareness training for every young person in secondary education across Northern Ireland. The consultation is open to responses now. 
Let’s get digital! Register for the ERC RESUSCITATION2021 digital event on 25-26 March to learn about the new ERC Guidelines in numerous sessions hosted by ERC Guidelines writing groups!

 Connect, stay informed, and make sure to grab your spot for this unique event.
e-Lifesaver: Bring CPR skills to your workplace with our digital education tool. e-Lifesaver puts users at the heart of the action in an emergency and teaches them the right choices to make in order to save a life.. Learn how it could benefit your workplace
Membership: Join our community of members in 2021! Pick a Full or Associate membership and you’ll receive a range of benefits, including our monthly Papers of Note email.

Papers of Note 

Understanding the lived experiences of short- and long-term consequences on daily life after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. A focus group study. Wagner MK, Berg SK, Tang LH, Stenbaek DS, Hassager C, Missel M. Read more >
Impact of CPR Quality and Adherence to Advanced Cardiac Life Support Guidelines on Patient Outcomes in In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. Kaplow R, Cosper P, Snider R, Boudreau M, Kim JD, Riescher E, Higgins M. Read more >
Racial disparities in survival outcomes following pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest. Sarah E. Haskell, Saket Girotra, Yunshu Zhou, M. Bridget Zimmerman, Marina Del Rios, Raina M Merchant, Dianne L. Atkins. Read more >  
Cardiac arrest in the paediatric intensive care unit: defining the problem and developing solutions. Ray CM, Pizzuto M, Reyes-Alvarado E, Jackson K, Turner DA, Kamath S. Read more > 

Spotlight on: IOW Defibrillators Initiative

After surviving a cardiac arrest in 2017, Steve became determined to give back to the community who saved him. Learn more about his IOW Defibrillators initiative to get more defibs in the communities that need them across the Isle of Wight.  

Do you have a resuscitation-related story to tell?

If you have a story to share, please tell us about it. We love to share inspirational stories from survivors, healthcare professionals, patients and loved ones about their experience with resuscitation. 
Questions, comments or stories to share? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch using the links below.
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