This guideline covers organising and delivering emergency and acute medical care for people aged over 16 in the community and in hospital.
Emergency and acute medical care in over 16s: service delivery and organisation aims to reduce the need for hospital admissions by giving advanced training to paramedics and providing community alternatives to hospital care. It also promotes good-quality care in hospital and joint working between health and social services.
The guideline includes recommendations on:
- first points of contact with emergency and acute care services
- alternatives to hospital care
- services within hospitals
- ward rounds, transfers and discharges
- monitoring and managing hospital bed capacity
Who is it for?
- Commissioners and providers of health and social care
- Health and social care practitioners
- People with or at risk of a medical emergency or acute illness, and their families and carers