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Planning for emergency care and treatment when recovery is uncertain 

Planning for emergency care and treatment when recovery is uncertain
Planning for emergency care and treatment when recovery is uncertain

Kate Kemsley

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date: 17 April 2021

Managing patients with chronic and frailty conditions is complex and planning their goals of care and treatment may need adapting, particularly for an acute deterioration. Equally the family will need considerable support and robust communication strategies are imperative in these situations. This chapter highlights the importance of good leadership, decision-making, and care planning for patients within the context of the multidisciplinary team. This chapter explores the more complex process of advanced assessment, planning, and communication skills that may be required when caring for acutely ill adults. It discusses ethical dilemmas where treatment is withdrawn or withheld. The chapter explains the role of the acute care nurse as an essential member of the healthcare team and as an advocate for the patient and family.

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