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Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO)

The Universal Form of Treatment Options (UFTO) is an alternative approach to documenting cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other treatment decisions.

It was introduced across the Trust at the end of April 2014.

The UFTO was developed at Cambridge University Hospitals and West Suffolk Hospital in collaboration with patients, doctors, nurses and resuscitation officers.

The UFTO puts the focus on treatments to be given rather than withheld and encourages forward planning for patients in the event of them becoming acutely unwell while in hospital.

There is evidence that the UFTO is associated with improved care for patients. It addresses some of the problems associated with the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) order.

The UFTO will be completed for all adult patients over the age of 18 years admitted to the Trust with the exception of day case surgery patients and women admitted to deliver babies.

There is comprehensive information about the UFTO on www.ufto.org