The acute care toolkits are a series of resources to help improve the delivery of acute care. The toolkits look at current problems and suggest a range of recommendations for improving quality.

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Acute care toolkit 1: handover

This toolkit focuses on handover, defining good handover, looking at the current problems often experienced, and setting out recommendations for improved, standardised handover protocols.

Acute care toolkit 2: high-quality acute care

This toolkit focuses on the delivery of high-quality acute care, looking at current problem areas and factors threatening care delivery, and suggesting a range of recommendations for improving quality.

Acute care toolkit 3: acute medical care for frail older people

This toolkit recommends procedures for both initial assessment on admission and later comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA).

Acute care toolkit 4: delivering a 12-hour, 7-day consultant presence on the acute medical unit

This toolkit provides practical guidance to senior hospital managers and clinical staff on how to organise acute medical services to ensure that the 12-hour consultant presence delivers consistent high-quality care to acutely ill patients.

Acute care toolkit 5: Teaching on the acute medical unit

This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to define teaching and learning episodes more clearly, and facilitate learning on the AMU effectively when time is often limited.

Acute care toolkit 6: The medical patient at risk

This toolkit concentrates on the recognition of the altered physiology induced by ill health and the responses appropriate to these findings. The toolkit contains advice and examples of effective responses to the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) trigger system, including advice on resource and staff implications.

Acute care toolkit 7: Acute oncology on the acute medical unit

The toolkit includes a quick guide to common acute oncology emergencies, the key stages of patient management in the first four and 24 hours, how to avoid admission of acute oncology patients, a guide to the signs and symptoms of side effects of common cancer drugs, and a guide to common medical problems caused by cancer diagnosis.

Acute care toolkit 8: The medical registrar on call: Maximising clinical experience, training and patient care

This toolkit aims to help hard-pressed and stressed medical registrars improve their workload, training opportunities and supervision.  

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Acute Care Toolkit 3

Excellent document.

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