Management Of The Acutely Ill Adult

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Introduction

Management of the acutely ill adult is a complex and perplexed procedure. It requires underpinning knowledge of the pathophysiology of the disease currently affecting the patient, as well as ensuring that professionals are equipped to deal with the development of a rapid deterioration. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2007) explain that patients are sometimes inadequately treated due to staff not acting in a sufficient time manner, and so a systematic assessment of the patient recommended by the Resuscitation Council (2006) should initially be followed (Jevon, 2009).
It is crucial to act upon findings present in the A-E assessment, but also to ensure the stability and safety of the patient by monitoring the patient for the continuing time of care, such as 24 hours for Colin.

Throughout Colin’s 24 hour care, it would be important to ensure Colin and medical professionals are informed of any improvement or deterioration of his condition. The use of the ISBAR communication tool should be used when communicating with the medical team. This tool identifies who you are, the situation that is occurring, the background history of the patient, an assessment of what you think is wrong and the recommendation, this tool ensures the doctor has a full understanding and knowledge of the patient and can efficiently promote a diagnosis and effective treatment. (Forest, 2013)

Pathophysiology

Pneumonia is defined as an inflammation of the parenchyma, which…
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