NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers the care of adults (aged 18 years or older) who have a diagnosis of acute heart failure or are being investigated for acute heart failure. The long-term management of chronic heart failure is not covered in the quality standard because it is covered by a separate NICE guideline (CG108) and quality standard referral (QS9). For more information see the topic overview.

This quality standard was previously called acute heart failure: diagnosis and management in adults.