Treatment Escalation Plan

Treatment Escalation Plan

The purpose of a Treatment Escalation Plan is to discuss potential treatment options and the realistic chances of treatments’ success, with those who are at risk of a sudden worsening of their health. This includes an individual’s wishes in relation to resuscitation decisions.

The Treatment Escalation Plan is made with a doctor or nurse, in consultation with the individual and their relatives. The discussion is then documented as the Treatment Escalation Plan.  

Who looks after the Treatment Escalation Plan?

The Treatment Escalation Plan is kept by the individual who it relates to and a copy is filed on the individual’s medical record. It is important that the Treatment Escalation Plan can be easily found in case there is a sudden or unexpected worsening of the individual’s health. If you have a Treatment Escalation Plan, you may wish to consider telling those close to you (such as relatives, friends or neighbours) where it is located.

If you are admitted to hospital you should take your Treatment Escalation Plan with you and share it with the doctors and nurses involved in your care. Equally, you should share your Treatment Escalation Plan with paramedic or ambulance crews if they are called to your home.

Can the Treatment Escalation Plan be updated?

Yes, the contents of the Treatment Escalation Plan can be updated by the individual who it relates to at any stage. Changes should be made in discussion with a Doctor. 

It is important to remember that you can discuss your Treatment Escalation Plan with health professionals at any time.