Garside, Joanne and Prescott, Stephen (2008) Improving the care of acutely ill patients outside ICU settings. Nursing Times, 104 (22). pp. 25-26. ISSN 0954-7762

This article describes the development of a post-registration course to improve nurses' skills in caring for acutely ill or acutely deteriorating adult patients. The article outlines background issues related to the recognition of and the response to acute deterioration, and discusses recent guidance and policy documents in this area. It outlines the implementation of the new course, teaching and assessment methods for students, and the evaluation of the programme. Plans are also detailed.

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