An evaluation of consultant input into acute medical admissions management in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2 April 2012

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An evaluation of consultant input into acute medical admissions management in England – Royal College of Physicians – 2 April 2012

Patients benefit from continued consultant cover

“A survey of over 100 hospitals in England by the Royal College of Physicians has shown for the first time that patients have better outcomes and are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if cared for on wards where the physicians practising acute medical care:

are on call for more than one day at a time
have no other routine duties during that time
do two or more ward rounds per day in the acute medical unit (AMU)
are present in the (AMU) for more than 4 hours for 7 days.

As a result, the RCP will now recommend this system of cover above all others.  This new research fully supports the RCP’s recent call for consultant physicians to be on site for 12 hours per day, seven days a week.

The survey was commissioned by the RCP through its Clinical effectiveness and evaluation unit, in association with the Society for Acute Medicine and the British Geriatrics Society, who helped develop and distribute the survey. It matched various systems of consultant cover against patient outcome data from hospital episode statistics, to see if there was an advantage to patient care from any of the different systems. The results in brief:”

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