How to have urgent conversations about withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatments in critical care

1 May 2020

The Faculty is pleased to release ‘How to have urgent conversations about withdrawing and withholding life-sustaining treatments in critical care’. This rapidly produced guidance encompasses urgent phone or video call conversations about withholding, or withdrawing life-sustaining treatments in critical care, in the context of the UK COVID-19 pandemic, between professionals and people close to the patient – usually family members. This guide is based on existing best practice guidance and research. Daily review of goals and preferences of treatment, in the context of the patient’s ongoing clinical condition should take place with the team, and should be a multi-disciplinary discussion.

Our thanks to Prof Ruth Parry, Prof Natalie Pattison and Dr Kathryn Mannix for producing this high quality document in such a short time.