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Acute care and failure to rescue: Setting the scene 

Acute care and failure to rescue: Setting the scene
Acute care and failure to rescue: Setting the scene

Fiona Creed

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date: 21 April 2021

The last decade has seen significant changes in management and care of patients in the United Kingdom who are acutely ill. Increasing pressures on hospital beds has meant the patients are discharged earlier and sometimes admitted later to the hospital environment, resulting in an overall increased acuity in hospital wards. This chapter discusses the factors that have impacted upon the delivery of acute care in hospital environments. It looks at the concept of failure to rescue and the role of human factors in delivery of patient care. It explores the need for an increased focus on patient safety in acute care and considers tools that can facilitate the delivery of effective patient care.

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