HDU/ICU REFERRAL CONSIDERATIONS
This is a four-page document outlining key considerations in the history taking, investigation and management of critically ill patients surrounding the time of discussion with the HDU/ICU team.
THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS - FEEL FREE TO CONTACT AND CONTRIBUTE!
1. It's a teaching & learning tool, rather than a document where people actually sit down and fill it in
2. It is intended to provide a structure/framework for thought processes around referrals to HDU/ICU
WHAT THIS IS RESOURCE IS NOT
These documents are NOT guidelines or policies and have not been ratified/tested for clinical use.
These documents do not replace the need for:
Seeking help immediately, if required
Clinical judgement and assessment
Discussing patient's with the patient's consultant (on-call)
'Referral algorithms' are a tricky business - which is why, this is not one - it's a learning resource, and not a clinical guideline or mandate. Documents and checklists should not prevent you from seeking skilled help early. The documents do suggest things you should be mindful of, in sick patients.
It is impossible to predict every eventuality - but many of these principles are ubiquitous to all referrals.
With thanks given to Dr. Jonny Wilkinson, Dr. Adrian Wong and Dr Segun Olusanya for their thoughts on this project, as well as to everyone who has already commented on Twitter.
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