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Acute News Autumn Edition 2013

Acute News Autumn 2013 edition is here! Acute News brings you the most up-to-date SAM and acute medicine news. This autumn 2013 edition includes an exclusive interview with Gemma Finnegan, social media expert on all things healthcare related; a preview of abcdeSIM, a new Dutch virtual learning tool for the acute setting and a summary of events […]

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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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Acute News Summer Edition 2013

Acute News Summer 2013 edition is here! Acute News brings you the most up-to-date SAM and acute medicine news. This summer 2013 edition includes a special feature on our Coventry conference in May 2013, updates from our research committee and SAM event announcements including acute medicine awareness week 2013 and SAM Glasgow. Comments, feedback and […]

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SAM Benchmarking Audit

20th June is an important day in the SAM calendar as it is the date of the Second Society for Acute Medicine Benchmarking Audit (SAMBA 2013), which is once again being organised by Dr Chris Subbe, Dr David Ward, Dr Ivan LeJeune and Dr Charlotte Masterton-Smith. This is a vital opportunity to document the fantastic work […]

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Consultants and higher speciality trainees in acute medicine survey

The importance of ‘generalism’ in the future of in-patient care in the UK has been highlighted in a number of recent publications. Later this year the Royal College of Physicians of London is planning to publish the report of its Future Hospital Commission, in which continuity of consultant care will be a key theme. A […]

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Acute News – Spring Edition 2013

Acute News Spring Edition is here! Acute News brings you the most up-to-date SAM and acute medicine news. This spring edition includes articles on our upcoming conference in Conventry, a Francis Report special, a feature on being a pharmacist on the AMU and much more… Comments, feedback and suggestions for future newsletters are welcome and […]

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Acute News – Winter 2012 Edition

Click here to see Acute News’ winter edition. Acute News brings you the most up-to-date events from the Society for Acute Medicine and other medical stories. This winter’s newsletter includes articles on our seven-day, 12-hour a day consultant presence on the AMU report which was published in partnership with the Royal College of London; acute medicine abroad, […]

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Safety warning on the use of acetylcysteine

A safety warning was issued yesterday by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) on the use of acetylcysteine for the treatment of acute paracatemol overdose. The commission has made the following recommendations. The licensed indication for acetylcysteine is now: Paracetamol overdose irrespective of the plasma paracetamol level in circumstances where the overdose is staggered or there […]

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Acute News – SAM Summer 2012 Newsletter

Click here to see Acute News’ summer edition. Acute News brings you the most up-to-date events from SAM. This summer edition includes articles on “how to market yourself as an acute physician?” on page 5, “Acute Medicine Awareness Day: Tales of Success” on page 3, “Consultant-led AMU, what difference can it make?” on page 5 and […]

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SAM's One Thousandth Member

The end of 2011 was an auspicious time for the Society as after over ten years in existence it welcomed its one thousandth member, Dr Vivek Sharma. Dr Sharma – who won a free ticket to either of SAM’s 2012 meetings – told Acute News how he believes the AIM training programme could be improved. […]

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SAM's Seven Day Working Policy Statement Launched

In November the Society launched its policy statement on seven day working for consultants in acute medicine. Acute illness is a seven day problem, with patients just as likely to suffer over the weekend as during the week and this has led SAM to endorse seven day working in all acute medical units. To provide […]

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Introducing YAMS; the Yorkshire Acute Medicine Society

Dr Hannah Cooper explains why she felt the need to create a regional acute medicine society, and how she made it a success. ‘As the specialty training representative for West Yorkshire I identified a clear need for more acute medicine training days after feedback from trainees. The need for an SpR forum had also been […]

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Rachel Wicks; SAM's first AHP Representative

The SAM Council’s first AHP Representative, Rachel Wicks, tells us why we must raise awareness of acute medicine among allied health professionals (AHPs). ‘AHPs represent a small proportion of members of the Society. Despite this they are a vital part in the decision making process for patients within an acute medicine pathway to ensure holistic […]

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