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Improving communication when caring for acutely ill patients with dementia

30 April 2015

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

People living with dementia have complex needs, which may be compounded when they develop an acute illness. It is vital to recognise any deterioration in a patient...

Assessment of acutely ill patients in the criminal justice system

16 June 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article, the third in a five-part series, explores the difficulties that nurses experience when dealing with an offender who becomes acutely ill within the...

Criteria for initiating end of life treatment in cancer critical care

11 May 2012

Cancer Nursing Practice

A&S Science

As survival rates for patients with cancer improve, more patients are accessing critical care. This article explores the background to decisions to admit to critical...

‘He’s not himself today’: assessment of acute physical health needs

09 April 2010

Learning Disability Practice


This article offers a comprehensive assessment framework that can be used to build learning disability nurses’ confidence in assessing acute physical needs. The...

The impact of paediatric early warning systems

04 October 2012

Nursing Children and Young People

A&S Science

The child who is ill enough to be admitted to a children’s ward has the potential to deteriorate rapidly. If this deterioration is not recognised and acted on in a...

Open AccessOC25 – Helping parents spot the deteriorating child: co-production of safety-netting interventions

09 May 2016

Nursing Children and Young People


Theme: Child protection and managing risk. Introduction: Providing families with a safety net of information is a crucial component in the care of children with...

Undertaking an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the acutely ill adult

18 October 2017

Nursing Standard


Accurate assessment of the acutely ill adult who has recently been admitted to hospital, or an inpatient whose condition begins to deteriorate, is becoming a...

Effect of a children’s at-home nursing team on reducing emergency admissions

05 December 2017

Nursing Children and Young People

Evidence & practice

This article explores the effect of a children’s at-home nursing team, Hospital at Home (H@H), which aimed to reduce demand on acute hospital beds, support families...