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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
Is the Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) curriculum, for higher specialty training (HST), fit for purpose?
This review will critically appraise the AIM curriculum from a trainee’s perspective. The author will focus on the curriculum’s aims and objectives, availability of learning opportunities,
Updates from Specialist Advisory Committee
The Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of June 2017 discussed the sign off of procedural competences relating to Sengstaken-Blakemore tube insertion and transvenous
Abstract Chest pain is an extremely common presenting complaint on the acute medical unit. It is important to distinguish between patients who have serious pathology and those without. Often, the focus
Abstract Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a state of hyperglycaemia, ketosis and metabolic acidosis. This carries a significant morbidity and mortality particularly if left untreated or if the diagnosis