The AMBER Care Bundle
Early identification of people who may have end of life care needs is the foundation for providing safe, high quality end-of-life care. It enables appropriate planning, transfer, interventions and communication with the person and their family.
The AMBER care bundle is a clinical care bundle developed at the Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation in the United Kingdom and localised for use in NSW facilities by the Clinical Excellence Commission.
It provides a systematic approach for the multidisciplinary team to follow when clinicians are uncertain whether a patient may recover and are concerned that they may only have a few months to live. It encourages clinicians, patients and families to continue with treatment, if they wish, in the hope of a recovery, whilst talking openly about preferences and wishes, and putting plans in place for end of life.
The AMBER care bundle combines identification questions, clinical interventions and systematic monitoring that can be applied in any adult ward setting.