Abstract Many hospitals are still setting up acute stroke thrombolysis services, often delayed by fears over workload. However, there are few data on how many patients require urgent assessment before
A simple educational programme substantially reduces unnecessary use of coagulation screening testing in an acute medical department
Abstract A review suggested that coagulation screening tests (CST) were frequently performed unnecessarily in our Acute Medical Department. We reviewed the records of all patients for whom CST was ordered
Abstract This paper describes how a Foundation Trust was able to meet emergency access targets. The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) was expanded from 29 to 81 beds and patients with expected length of…
General medical follow-up clinics – does the traditional model need to be updated for new traditional model need to be updated for new acute physicians?
Abstract The follow up arrangements were reviewed for 212 patients discharged from our Medical Admissions Unit (MAU) prior to the appointment of an acute medical consultant. 19 patients (9%) were referred
Abstract Objective: To explore patient’s perceptions regarding the physical environment of an Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU). Design/Setting: Questionnaire study at the time of discharge from the
Minimising delays in commencing therapeutic hypothermia after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: the importance of a multi-disciplinary team approach
Abstract Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is now a well established therapy in resuscitation guidelines. We retrospectively analysed our first 18 months’ data for all patients who underwent TH for out-of-hospital
Lead Poisoning presenting as acute severe myalgia: Why was the diagnosis delayed and what lessons can we learn as acute physicians?
Abstract Patients presenting to the “front door” with acute neuromuscular symptoms are challenging. Toxins need consideration as possible causative agents if there is the possibility of relevant
Out-patient detection of deep vein thrombosis using a combination of risk scoring and strain-gauge-plethysmography: a follow-up study
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