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Acute medical assessment units: an efficient alternative to in-hospital acute medical care

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Show simple item record Watts, Michael Powys, L. O'Hora, C. Kinsella, Stephen Saunders, Jean Reid, Louise Finucane, Paul 2015-04-14T11:22:16Z 2015-04-14T11:22:16Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Watts M., Powys L., Hora C.O., Kinsella S., Saunders J., Reid L., Finucane P. (2011) 'Acute medical Assessment Units: An efficient alternative to in-hospital acute medical care'. Irish Medical Journal, 104 (2). en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Acute Medical Assessment Units (AMAUs) are being proposed as an alternative to congested Emergency Departments (EDs) for the assessment of patients with a range of acute medical problems. We retrospectively reviewed the discharge destination of patients referred to a newly established AMAU during a six-month period. During the same period we contrasted activity in the ED for a similar group of patients. 1,562 patients were assessed in the AMAU. 196 (12.5%) were admitted to an in-patient bed and 1,148 (73.5%) were entered into specific diagnosis-driven out-patient pathways. 1,465 patients attended the ED and 635 (43.3%) were admitted. Out-patient alternatives to expensive in-patient care need to be provided at the â coal faceâ of acute referral. The AMAU provides this, and as a consequence admission rates are relatively low. This is achieved by directly communicating with GPs, accessing senior clinical decision makers, and providing immediate access to diagnostically driven outpatient pathways. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Medical Organization en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;104 (2), pp. 47-49
dc.subject acute medical care en_US
dc.subject patients en_US
dc.subject GPs en_US
dc.title Acute medical assessment units: an efficient alternative to in-hospital acute medical care en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2015-04-14T11:08:37Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1132693
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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