This quality standard covers the care of adults (aged 18 and over) with suspected or confirmed acute heart failure. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover the long-term management of chronic heart failure, which is included in NICE’s quality standard for chronic heart failure in adults.

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