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About acute medicine
Acute medicine (also known as acute internal medicine) is the specialty which deals with the immediate and early treatment of adult patients who present in hospital as emergencies. Patients visiting an acute medical unit (AMU) suffer from all sorts of ailments. If you fall over, have a fit or a fever, you are likely to visit an AMU. If you have pneumonia, stroke, heart or renal failure, breathing difficulties, or abdominal, chest, or back pain, even poisoning, you are likely to visit an AMU. And that is only a small sample of the conditions AMUs are expert in treating. Sometimes a patient will have to be referred on to other departments for further care, usually patients stay in the AMU for less than 48 hours, but in 40 per cent of cases those admitted into the unit will stay until discharged.
Our members can provide expert advice and information on all aspects of emergency care, and on the incredibily diverse range of conditions acute medicine treats.
About the Society
The Society for Acute Medicine is the National representative body for the speciality of acute medicine. Acute medicine is still a very new medical specialty; although it has been growing in consequence for the last ten years, it only gained specialty status in 2009. The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) is essential to the development of the specialty; only by working together can we ensure that our patients receive the best care possible. By collaborating with our members, and governing bodies, we are developing the best medical training, researching the most pertinent issues, and setting and monitoring acute care standards.
For more information on SAM, please visit our About Us page.
About our experts
The President (Dr Mark Holland) and Vice President (Dr Nicholas Scriven) of the Society for Acute Medicine are available for interview. Dr Holland and Dr Scriven are both Acute Medical Consultants with extensive experience of working on Acute Medical Units. Short biographies are available on our Council Members page.