The AMBER care bundle is a simple approach used in hospitals when clinicians are uncertain whether a patient may recover and are concerned that they may only have a few months left to live.
AMBER care promotes honest discussions between health care professionals, patients and their families about treatment and the uncertainty of recovery. It encourages staff, patients and families to continue with treatment in the hope of a recovery, while talking openly about people’s wishes and putting plans in place should the worst happen. It consists of four elements:
- talking to the person and their family to let them know that the healthcare team has concerns about their condition, and to establish their preferences and wishes
- deciding together how the person will be cared for should their condition get worse
- documenting a medical plan
- agreeing these plans with all of the clinical team looking after the person.
For more information about the AMBER Care Bundle, download The AMBER care bundle – a guide for patients, their relatives and carers
AMBER Care workstream lead
Lyn Waldron, Macmillan End of Life and Cancer Lead (01384) 321800 or email DMSCaH@nhs.net or Lyn.firstname.lastname@example.org