The medical patient at risk: recognition and care of the seriously ill or deteriorating medical patient. Acute care toolkit 6 – Royal College of Physicians – 9 May 2013

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Medicine, Patient Safety | Tags: , , |

The medical patient at risk: recognition and care of the seriously ill or deteriorating medical patient. Acute care toolkit 6 – Royal College of Physicians – 9 May 2013

Media release: Right patient, right bed

“A new toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for the recognition and care of seriously ill patients recommends that patients admitted as emergencies should only transfer out of the acute medical unit to a ward area that has facilities to meet their clinical needs. The toolkit is being launched today (Thursday 9 May) at the Society for Acute Medicine spring conference in Coventry.

With emergency departments and acute medical units currently under considerable strain due to rising numbers of patients being assessed and admitted, there is great pressure to move patients rapidly to beds on wards throughout the hospital. The toolkit recommends the use of NEWS – the National Early Warning Score, launched by the RCP in 2012, in order to rapidly identify patients who are severely ill or at risk of sudden deterioration. The sickest of these patients should be transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit or high dependency unit.

The RCP is concerned about those patients identified as requiring an intensity of monitoring and care greater than that available on a standard medical ward. More enhanced care beds (level 1 beds), with higher nurse to patient ratios, should be available on acute medical units. In addition, hospitals should designate enhanced care beds on selected medical wards that manage acutely ill patients.”

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