Abstract Time and resource constraints have often led to the use of assessment records as discharge communications from acute and emergency departments. However, whether this addresses the primary
Abstract Background: There is an increased influx of patients needing admission. Introducing an acute medical unit (AMU) may increase the admission capacity without increasing the total number of beds.
Abstract Background: An Illness Severity and Co-morbidity composite score can predict 30-day mortality outcome. Methods: We computed a summary risk score (RS) for emergency medical admissions and used
The predictive value of leucocyte progression for one-week mortality on acutely admitted medical patients to the emergency department
Abstract Objective: To clarify if leucocyte count progression can predict one-week mortality in unselected medical patients admitted to the emergency department. Additionally, we investigated the importance
Can an acute admission to hospital be an opportunity for healthcare professionals to provide physical activity advice? A qualitative study of patients’ perspectives
Abstract Physical inactivity causes morbidity, mortality and healthcare expenditure. A minority of people undertake sufficient physical activity to meet the DoH recommendations. NICE has determined
Continuous Monitoring of Respiratory Rate on General Wards What might the implications be for Clinical Practice?
Abstract A high respiratory rate is a significant predictor of deterioration. The accuracy of measurements has been questioned. We performed a prospective observational study of automated electronic
Abstract Outpatient antibiotic therapy (OPAT) is being developed and practised in an increasing number of acute hospitals within the United Kingdom. This article is a review of the OPAT service delivered
Abstract Aim: To establish the nature and frequency of discrepancies identified by pharmacy staff during medicines reconciliation.(MR) Methods: Pharmacy staff collected data prospectively from 161 patients