Press Releases

Response to NCEPOD Measuring the units report

STRICTLY EMBARGOED – FOR RELEASE 14/06/2013 00:01 The Society for Acute Medicine: Response to NCEPOD Measuring the Units report This report highlights the growing problem of alcohol-related illness which will be well recognised by all staff working on acute medical units (AMUs). Dr Chris Roseveare, President of the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) said: ‘We […]

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Right Patient, Right Bed

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 HOURS THURSDAY 9 MAY 2013 Right patient, right bed A new toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians for the recognition and care of seriously ill patients recommends that patients admitted as emergencies should only transfer out of the acute medical unit to a ward area that has facilities to meet their clinical […]

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Seven-day Present Consultant Care

STRICTLY EMBARGOED – FOR RELEASE: 04/12/2010 00:01 7-day consultant present care: ‘A ground-breaking document, which will shape the future of care for patients in hospital’ The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) has been a strong advocate of seven day consultant-led care for patients who are admitted to hospital in an emergency. The recent publication of […]

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Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs

STRICTLY EMBARGOED – FOR RELEASE: 21/11/2012 00:01 Supportive Statement to the RCP’s Cancer patients in crisis report The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) urges healthcare professionals working in the acute settings to make use of the recommendations laid out by Royal College of Physicians in the report Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs. […]

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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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