Acute care toolkit 10: ambulatory emergency care

Royal College of Physicians - Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) allows patients going to hospital as an emergency to be quickly assessed, diagnosed and treated on the same day, so that they can return home, reducing the number of patients admitted to a hospital bed.  Although not suitable for all patients, for example those needing emergency surgery, the streamlined process has already improved clinical care, reduced costs, and is popular with patients. This toolkit outlines the principles of AEC and describes the resources required for delivering AEC, highlighting the benefits, and signposts other resources to support its development.