Ambulatory emergency care allows patients going to hospital as an emergency to be quickly assessed, diagnosed and treated on the same day, so that they can return home, reducing the number of patients admitted to a hospital bed. Although not suitable for all patients, e.g. those needing emergency surgery, the streamlined process has already improved clinical care, reduced costs, and is popular with patients. It is particularly useful for older, frail patients who will recover better in their own home.
This new toolkit outlines the principles of ambulatory and emergancy care (AEC) and describes the resources required for delivering AEC, highlighting the benefits and signposting other resources to support its development.