RCGP Curriculum - 7 Care of Acutely Ill People

This section of our curriculum guide refers to statement 7, Care of Acutely Ill People, produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

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Around 10-15% of patients consult a GP for serious illness. A proportion of these will be acutely ill.

This curriculum statement refers specifically to the care of acutely ill people, including the care of patients in out-of-hours primary care.

Acutely ill patients of all ages present unpredictably, and often require an urgent response. While they may be seen in the surgery, on home visits and in out-of-hours centres, GPs may also be asked to give assistance in unfamiliar and unsupported surroundings such as at the roadside.

The effective management of an acutely ill person will include recognition and immediate management. A wide range of knowledge and skills will support these two areas. Of equal importance, however, in the management of these patients, are organisation, teamwork,communication and situational awareness.

In this section you will find articles on:

Primary care management

Skills and management

Symptoms

Common and/or important conditions

Investigations

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

Other related articles

 

Primary care management

Skills and attitudes

Symptoms

Cardiovascular

Respiratory

Central nervous system

Mental health

Severe pain

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Common and/or important conditions

Shock, acute coronary syndromes, haemorrhage, ischaemia, pulmonary embolus, asthma

Dangerous diagnoses

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Investigations

Treatment

Emergency care

Prevention

Other related articles

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These curriculum resources are regularly updated with relevant articles from our range of healthcare publications. All articles are reviewed by GP advisers. We have set the standard lifetime of an article at two years and will aim to renew all articles within that timeframe. However, some older articles will remain in the listing if our reviewers believe there to be no significant changes to the topic covered.

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