At CMC, we are always looking for new ways to raise awareness of the benefits of urgent care planning: among patients, healthcare professionals and the public alike.
Since we launched it, our service has attracted a great deal of interest, from specialist medical journals to mainstream media. CMC has been profiled on national TV, praised in Parliament and has earned a prestigious award for NHS innovation. We have collected the best of this content here:
Health Service Journal | London requires more patient care plans to provide bespoke care
Life or death decisions
The scene of an emergency 999 call can be highly pressure and stressful for patients, their families and the clinicians who attend them. Ambulance crews need to provide urgent, emergency or end of life care for patients they will have, almost certainly, never met before. Within minutes, they may be making difficult, life or death decisions.
Crews find it particularly challenging treating patients who have collapsed and may not be breathing, especially when there is no readily accessible end of life plan for patients on such a pathway. this means they do not have information about whether a patient should be resuscitated or not. At that crisis point, families can often be confused, and they may not recall the patient’s wishes.