Consultations begins on draft NICE guidelines

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The service delivery and organisation of emergency and acute medical care in over 16s is the focus of new National Institute of Clinical Excellent guidance.

The draft guidelines cover the organisation and delivery of emergency and acute medical care in the community and in hospital, and recommend practice and 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.

This version of the guideline contains the context and the draft recommendations. The full guideline contains the methods and evidence that were used to develop the recommendations and a summary of the guideline committee’s reasoning for making the recommendations. Each recommendation in this version includes a link to the relevant full guideline chapter on the NICE website.

Published 3rd August, 2017

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