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30
Jan

Frailty assessment toolkit published


The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a toolkit to help improve conditions for frail elderly patients.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a toolkit to help improve conditions for frail elderly patients.

The 6-page toolkit recommends procedures for initial and comprehensive assessment and has been produced in collaboration with the British Geriatrics Society.

As frailty issues are common in the acute medical unit (AMU), the toolkit suggests a need for a lead clinician to be based there.

The kit recommends doctors to speak to carers or relatives and the patient to gain a better understanding of the care they are receiving.

It also suggests that they should assess their mental health, social circumstances and capacity to carry out exercise and daily activities.

“Older people are more likely to have an emergency medical admission and stay longer in hospital,” says Dr Mark Temple, RCP acute care fellow.

“This toolkit is important as it focuses on the assessment of acutely ill older patients and getting this right can have an enormous impact on the quality of care and patient outcomes.”

The toolkit is available to download from www.rcplondon.ac.uk

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