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2020 In Review

2020 has not been an easy year for anyone, and we know it's been incredibly difficult for many people within the resuscitation community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our ways of working, impacted sudden cardiac arrest survival rates, and subjected rescuers both in and out of hospital to an increased risk of infection. We have been focused on overcoming these challenges as we continued to support the NHS. We wanted to give people their best chance of survival while keeping their rescuers safe, as well as ensuring that people had appropriate conversations about what mattered to them.

When the pandemic began, our experts worked hard to provide timely and updated guidance for resuscitation practice for both healthcare professionals and the general public during this time of increased risk of infection. We were able to quickly launch e-training for staff returning to the front lines to work in the Nightingale hospitals, as well as launch the e-Lifesaver digital training tool and offer it free to NHS Trusts for six months. We went live with our new website to ensure you had quick and easy access to the information you needed most - and in our commitment to person-centred care, we launched an improved version of the ReSPECT form (version 3).

Community CPR education remained key to our work this year. We launched a sudden cardiac arrest animation to demonstrate how to reduce risk of infection while performing out of hospital CPR and created a lesson plan for secondary school pupils to learn how to do CPR. Restart a Heart Day 2020 went digital, and calls for people, young and old alike, to learn and have the confidence to use CPR stretched across the world.

Nothing we did this year could have been achieved without you.

Whether you are a Trustee, an Instructor, a member, a clinician, a parent, a first aider, a bystander, a survivor, a carer, a patient, or part of the RCUK staff team - you are a key part of our community. Thank you for your ongoing passion and commitment to safe, effective, appropriate resuscitation and planning for emergency care.

Thank you.
Dr James Cant RCUK Chief Executive Officer 
Prof Jonathan Wyllie RCUK President

COVID-19 Research Funding

Resuscitation Council UK is firmly committed to supporting cutting-edge research and, in an additional call for applications, is now seeking to fund specific COVID-19 related research that will further understanding of the effect of the pandemic on our resuscitation community. Whether your COVID-19 research proposal is on basic science, practice-based research evaluation or attitudinal insights, we are interested in receiving your application. Learn more and apply today!

Annual Report

On 3 December 2020 we hosted our first digital Annual General Meeting (AGM) to present our 2019/20 Annual Report, which provides information on our activities during this period as well as financial transparency. Thank you to all who joined us for this event!

You can read the Annual Report on our website, and also see a short video on what was achieved and how we plan to grow and develop in the future.

Papers of Note 

Executive Summary 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. Jerry P. Nolan, Ian Maconochie, Jasmeet Soar, Theresa M. Olasveengen, Robert Greif, Myra H. Wyckoff, Eunice M. Singletary, Richard Aickin, Katherine M. Berg, Mary E. Mancini, Farhan Bhanji, Jonathan Wyllie, David Zideman, Robert W. Neumar, Gavin D. Perkins, Maaret Castrén, Peter T. Morley, William H. Montgomery, Vinay M. Nadkarni, John E. Billi, Raina M. Merchant, Allan de Caen, Raffo Escalante-Kanashiro, David Kloeck, Tzong-Luen Wang, Mary Fran Hazinski. Read more >
In-Hospital vs. Out-of-Hospital cardiac arrest: Patient characteristics and survival. Maria Høybye, Nikola Stankovic, Mathias Holmberg, Helle Collatz Christensen, Asger Granfeldt, Lars W. Andersen. Read more >
Impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the patterns of vital signs recording and staff compliance with expected monitoring schedules on general wards. Ina Kostakis, Gary B Smith, David Prytherch, Paul Meredith, Connor Price, Anoop Chauhan, on behalf of the Portsmouth Academic ConsortIum For Investigating COVID-19 (PACIFIC-19). Read more >
Trends over time in drug administration during pediatric in-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States. Catherine E.Ross, Ari Moskowitz, Anne V.Grossestreuer, Mathias J.Holmberg, Lars W.Andersen, Tuyen T.Yankama, Robert A.Berg, AmandaO’Halloran, Monica E.Kleinman, Michael W.Donnino, For the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation Investigators. Read more >

Information on anaphylaxis

In light of the current mass vaccination programme we have provided updated information for use in any vaccination setting to give clear guidance to healthcare professionals involved. You can download the guidance and poster on our website.

In addition to this, we will be opening public consultation for our 2021 draft 'Emergency treatment of anaphylaxis guidelines for healthcare providers' in January 2021. Please keep an eye on our social media channels in the new year for more information.

ReSPECT update

As we approach the end of 2020, it’s time to reflect on what has been happening with the ReSPECT process.

In 2020’s challenges, we saw the real value of the ReSPECT process; enabling people to have conversations early, to understand what matters to them and what is realistic in their care and treatment. This is even more important during the pandemic and we are delighted that many organisations, including the ambulance services, have reported ReSPECT’s positive impact on patients and families.

Following your feedback, version 3 of the ReSPECT form has been developed and released and many organisations are now using it. We hope it will enhance conversations and improve patient experience. A survey will be on our website in early 2021 for feedback.

The adopter pack for organisations wishing to use ReSPECT is being updated and will provide improved guidance and information.

We have worked with the Royal College of General Practioners End Of Life Think Tank to develop a charter and film called “What Matters Most – A personal and compassionate approach to care and treatment planning”, which highlights the importance of conversations.

The data analysis for the NIHR evaluation study of ReSPECT has been undertaken and five papers are being drafted; the first has been submitted for publication.
Work continues with Coordinate My Care (CMC) to integrate ReSPECT into their digital system. We hope this will facilitate adoption across London. Adoption continues to grow across England and Scotland and we have recently seen interest from Dublin, Ireland.

We held fewer adopter teleconference calls this year because of the pandemic but those held were invaluable in providing a national update and listening to your achievements and challenges.

We thank you for your continued support of ReSPECT; your openness, collaboration and feedback.
Catherine Baldock
Clinical Lead for ReSPECT

Have you heard?

Christmas office closure: Our office will be closed from 4pm on 23rd December for the winter break and will reopen at 10am on Monday 4 January. We are unable to answer calls or respond to support tickets during this time. For questions on courses, visit our support system at
e-Lifesaver: RCUK’s digital education tool that 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 is SCORM compliant. Learn how it could benefit your workplace. 
RCUK Shop: Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the healthcare professional in your life? Shop our collection of manuals, delivered straight to your door.
RCUK Membership: Thinking about joining our community? Check out our range of membership benefits, designed for those with an interest in the practice of resuscitation.
Primary Care COVID-19 Resources: Resuscitation Council UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners have partnered to develop resources to support Primary Care professionals who need to keep their CPR skills up to date during the pandemic.

Spotlight on: eALS at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals successfully facilitated two e-ALS courses at the end of October 2020. Course Director James Bolton explains how the course was modified and adapted to ensure social distancing was followed for the safety of everyone involved.
Questions, comments or stories to share? We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch using the links below.
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