More acute consultants means shorter hospital stays – Royal College of Physicians – 18 June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Acute Care, Medicine, Workforce | Tags: |

More acute consultants means shorter hospital stays News : 18 June 2009

“New research published by the Royal College of Physicians shows that more consultants on Acute Medical Units (AMUs) can reduce hospital stays and prevent inappropriate admissions in the first place. AMUs are now found in hospitals all over the country, despite being a relatively new specialty. This is the first evidence to support arguments that they will bring benefits to patient care.”

Editors Notes

1. The full team involved in the study consisted of: Dr Nicola Trepte, consultant physician in acute medicine; Dr Gregor McNeill, specialist registrar in acute medicine; Dr Darshan Brahmbhatt, academic foundation house officer 2 in cardiothoracic surgery; and A Toby Provost, medical statistician.

2. The article What is the effect of a consultant presence in an acute medical unit is published in this month’s edition of Clinical Medicine journal [June 2009].

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