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Acute plans

People who are likely to need emergency or after-hours medical care may benefit from an acute plan. An acute plan has information about your health condition. It also has information about the recommended treatment if your health suddenly gets worse.

The ambulance service and hospital emergency department can see your acute plan. So can after-hours services and health providers who aren't familiar with you. Your acute plan allows these services to quickly see what your problem is and what treatment you need.

Your general practice team or specialist healthcare team can create an acute plan for you. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals involved in your care can update it. Acute plans are stored in electronic health records. Only health providers can view them.

Some people who have an acute plan may only have one problem that health professionals need to know about. For example, someone with severe asthma might have an acute plan. If they were to collapse, the plan would tell emergency services what the problem is likely to be, and what the recommended treatment is.

Other people with acute plans have several problems. For example, some people have recurring infections as well as long-term lung disease. Their acute plans tell emergency services what plans are in place if their health gets worse. The plans include whether they prefer to be cared for in hospital or at home. They also include what extra support and treatment are usually needed.

If you think an acute plan would be helpful for you or someone else, talk to your general practice team or specialist healthcare team. If you want more information about acute plans, you can also email info@ccnweb.org.nz.

Written by the Canterbury Clinical Network Collaborative Care Liaisons. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. June 2017.

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