Acute care toolkits

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.

What we are doing

All of the acute care toolkits are currently under review but can still be accessed further down this page, with the exception of:

  • Acute care toolkit 2: High-quality acute care
  • Acute care toolkit 6: The medical patient at risk
  • Acute care toolkit 9: Sepsis.

The guidance in these toolkits is known to be out of date, so they have been temporarily removed until they can be updated.

What we have produced

This resource aims to support physicians to improve the care and choices available to patients receiving acute care who are at, or approaching, the end of life.
This toolkit will help acute trusts to develop and initiate models of developmentally appropriate healthcare.

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common condition that involves sudden, catastrophic loss of kidney function. It is estimated that AKI is associated with one in five emergency hospital admissions and causes up to 1.7 million deaths globally per year.

An acute care toolkit designed to help physicians draw together the necessary data for understanding and measuring quality of care.
The ambulatory emergency care toolkit outlines the principles and highlights some of the benefits of this emerging care pathway.

The medical registrar is perceived by many to be the medical ‘workhorse’ of the hospital and is relied upon heavily by many hospital and community teams. Registrars, however, are concerned about their ability to provide safe, high-quality patient care as their workload increases.

The toolkit includes a quick guide to common acute oncology emergencies and a guide to common medical problems caused by cancer diagnosis.
This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to define teaching and learning episodes more clearly, and facilitate learning on the AMU effectively.
This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to organise AMS to ensure that the 12-hour consultant presence delivers consistent high-quality care.

All staff working in acute medical units (AMUs) will be familiar with the increasing number of frail older people requiring access to acute care.

Handover is the system by which the responsibility for immediate and ongoing care is transferred between healthcare professions. Changing work patterns mean that establishing standards for handover should be a priority.