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Volume 8, Issue 3, Pages 95 – 138 (2009)

Abstract Aim: The aim of Acute Physicians Unit (APU) in Scarborough Hospital is consultant led delivery of acute medical care. It operates weekdays from 9am to 5pm, staffed by a consultant physician,

Case Outcome

The patient was initially commenced on intravenous antibiotics, aspirin, clopidogrel and low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) for a putative diagnosis of community acquired pneumonia complicated

58 year old policeman presented with a 4 week history of cough, haemoptysis, exertional dyspnoea, ear discomfort and sore throat. He was previously healthy and taking no regular medications. He was

Abstract Patients are frequently referred to hospital for exclusion of deep vein thrombosis (DVT); however, the diagnosis is only confirmed in 12% of those undergoing investigation. An effective strategy

Abstract The system of Payment by Results (PbR) was instituted in 2005 to reimburse secondary care for its activity. One of the features of PbR is the short stay tariff (SST), in which…

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Abstract Mixed sex bays are a reality on most Emergency Assessment Units (EAU). However, they are controversial having recently been the focus of political and media attention. We adapted a validated

Abstract Hyperkalaemia is a common, treatable, medical emergency, often with an iatrogenic cause. This case illustrates the vulnerability of patients with pre-existing renal tubular acidosis type 4

Abstract We present the case of a 40-year old female who was initially seen by her GP and the Emergency Department with pneumonia failing to respond to oral antibiotics. Her severity assessment score…

Abstract Chest pain is a frequent cause of admission to an acute medical unit. In most cases the cause is initially considered to be either cardiac or respiratory, with musculoskeletal causes being

Cardiac arrest occurs when there is abrupt cessation of effective pumping activity of the heart. Among the likely causes are ventricular asystole (electrical or mechanical), pulseless ventricular tachycardia