The ability to predict the future would be a useful skill for anyone working in the acute medical unit. While crystal balls have not yet become standard issue for acute medicine trainees, a variety of

When I first saw the title of this book, my initial assumption was that it was a training ‘guidebook’ – one of those texts which aims to help trainees to navigate their way through the treacherous

Resilience is a quality that acute physicians require in abundance. The ability to ‘bounce back’ from hardships, along with the attributes of ‘faith, hope, optimism and a sense of purpose’,

This book was published in hardback by Oxford University Press in 2016. Comprising 824 pages of small font text, it covers the full range of conditions which would be encountered on the acute medical take

‘Where’s the evidence?’ It’s a question that most clinicians will ask themselves – or their team – every day. Good evidence requires good research, but it is often challenging to find

Acute Medicine is full of ‘C-words’ – the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s ‘Six Cs’ (Care, Compassion, Competence, Commitment, Courage and Competence) are as relevant on the AMU as anywhere

Let’s be honest – the past few months have been tough for anyone working at the hospital coalface. Even the most optimistic masters of NHS spin will have had difficulty denying some of the harsh

This time last year, I was contemplating the predictions of Nostradamus, the possibility of a ‘barbeque summer’, and the hope that an Olympic ‘feel good factor’ would find its way onto the AMU.

This summer the UK has been privileged to witness some really special achievements. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations, followed by Olympics and Para-Olympics, proved to even the most hardened sceptics

The ability to identify and discharge the low-risk patient, and to predict those cases where deterioration is likely is already a key element of the practice of acute medicine . This is an area which