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Landmark Quality Standards launch on Acute Medicine Awareness Day to improve emergency care for hospital patients.

STRICTLY EMBARGOED – FOR RELEASE 20/06/2012 00.01AM A landmark document designed to establish consistent standards of care for patients admitted to Acute Medical Units (AMUs) across the UK launches on 20th June. The document, ‘Quality Standards for Acute Medical Units’, is produced by the West Midlands Quality Review Service in association with the Society for […]

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Four Day Weekends

Four day weekends will throw NHS into disarray The President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) says that patient care could be severely compromised by the two consecutive four day weekends at the end of April. Several previous studies have shown that hospital death rates are higher for patients admitted outside normal working hours. […]

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As waiting times increase, death rates rise

The four hour target was scrapped last year and since then A&E waiting times have increased. A study carried out in Dublin, presented today at the Society for Acute Medicine Conference in Bristol, has confirmed that the longer patients have to wait for care, the more likely it is they will not survive. At the […]

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Ten priorities for action to improve the care of acutely ill patients

Embargoed until 00.01 Thursday 18 July 2013 Ten priorities for action to improve the care of acutely ill patients Four organisations whose members are responsible for the care of acute patients in hospital, today set out ten priorities for action to address the challenges faced by urgent and emergency care services. These challenges include: Rising demand […]

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SAM comment to BBC Article: Ambulances 'facing regular delays at A&E'

Dr Chris Roseveare comments on an article on the BBC website (13.12.11) which highlights the increasing delays ambulance staff are experiencing when handing patients over to the care of A&E. Dr Roseveare says: ‘This is a huge challenge for Acute Medical Units (AMUs) as well for Emergency Departments, particularly at this time of year. Having to wait […]

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SAM comment on Telegraph article: "New doctors feel unable to treat seriously ill patients"

Dr Chris Roseveare comments on an article in today’s Telegraph (13.12.11) which highlights research which found junior doctors feel ill-prepared to manage acutely unwell patients. Dr Roseveare says: ‘This is yet more evidence of the need to provide adequate support and supervision for newly qualified doctors, 7 days per week. Recognition and management of acutely unwell […]

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