Emergency department care

Emergency department care – best practice guideline

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has published a Best Practice Guideline Emergency department care.   Developed to help medical staff within Emergency Departments provide better care for patients, this publication is a fifty-point checklist that covers all aspects of emergency care including the patient environment and pathway; education about care; care of elderly patients, children and those with complex needs; team working and leadership.


New draft recommendations for the care of acute medical emergencies

This draft guideline includes recommendations for the organisation and delivery of emergency and acute medical care | NHS Networks

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It includes recommendations for practice and for research. Recommendations are included on:

  • first points of contact with emergency and acute care services
  • alternatives to hospital care
  • opening hours and locations of acute care services
  • 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.

Read the full draft here

Care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

The Royal College of Emergency medicine and Royal College of Nursing together with and other key stakeholders including Resuscitation Council (UK) have all endorsed the publication of Resuscitation to recovery: A National Framework to improve care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England.

This guide outlines actions to be taken by the general public, emergency services, and hospital services to improve the survival rate of people suffering cardiac arrest.  These include improving public awareness of how to perform CPR, establishing an effective pathway of care and a commitment to research to improve understanding of resuscitation.

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