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Saturday 19 October 2019
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Topic: emergency

July 1, 2015
An important step towards the protection of healthcare workers and patients in situations of unrest was taken

An important step towards the protection of healthcare workers and patients in situations of unrest was taken when major global organisations for doctors, nurses and pharmacists adopted a set of new ethical principles.

September 19, 2008
Pressure to meet targets is disrupting emergency procedures according medical body

Delays to emergency treatment caused by pressure over targets are leaving seriously injured patients with avoidable disabilities, according to a medical body.

The British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) said a regional network of trauma services was needed to ensure cases of pelvic and hip socket fractures, most often road accident victims, were treated promptly.

The association claims targets demand that local patients are out of A&E within four hours and that planned elective surgery cases are not cancelled.

July 22, 2008
iStan mannequin simulates emergency situations for medical students

A life-size mannequin that can bleed, vomit, sweat - and even have a heart attack - has been unveiled as the latest high-tech training tool for health professionals.

The remote-controlled model, named iStan, has been created by the University of Portsmouth to help provide realistic training for doctors, nurses and dentists.

Costing GBP 40,000, iStan has been designed to closely replicate a human's anatomical structure from the skeleton to the eyes. It can also help doctors dealing with stab victims by simulating a bowel protruding from the stomach.

July 15, 2008
Children in deprived areas are "much more likely" to be admitted to hospital following assault

A new report has revealed that children from the poorest areas of the UK are much more likely to suffer a violent assault needing an emergency hospital admission than those from the richest areas.

Emergency hospital admissions in England between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2006 were examined by the Centre for Public Health in Liverpool and the North West Public Health Observatory. The results showed that violence is far more likely to affect young males living in deprived areas.

July 8, 2008
Study finds English hospital switchboards are slow to answer

A third of hospitals are failing to answer incoming calls within 20 seconds and there are wide variations across England, research has found.

Fifty hospitals took more than a minute on average to answer calls made to switchboards while one hospital in Bristol took more than 18 minutes to answer one call.

Experts called for a nationwide target for answering such calls, which they said could be about emergencies or major incidents.

For the study, researchers made calls to the switchboards of 219 acute trusts with A&E departments.

June 11, 2008
NHS Direct is helping reduce accident and emergency admissions, according to research

New research published today has suggested that the UK helpline for healthcare, NHS Direct, is helping reduce accident and emergency (A&E) admissions.

An evaluation of 4554 telephone calls to the service was carried out, showing a high proportion of callers (41%) were advised by the service to treat themselves at home, 11% were referred to A&E, 28% to a general practitioner (GP), 5% to a walk-in centre, 4% to a dentist and 3% to a pharmacist.

May 19, 2008
The UK government has released its latest quarterly statistics on A&E provision

The British government has released its latest quarterly statistics on accident and emergency (A&E) provision in the the UK.

The Department of Health figures cover A&E attendances for the first three months of the year, with particular reference to the total time spent in A&E from arrival to admission, discharge or transfer and waiting for emergency admission through A&E.

April 28, 2008
EHR applications implemented at Newcastle Hospitals

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals, a NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, today announced an innovative partnership to deploy electronic health record (EHR) technology.

The project, the first for UPMC in the UK, is expected to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient care.

April 18, 2008
Cross-charging recommended to allow hospitals to charge GPs for emergency services

The Health Minister is looking at plans to stop the NHS paying twice for patients who use A&E services when they could be visiting their GP.

Currently GPs are paid an annual fee for providing for patients' primary care needs. However when patients choose to use an A&E department instead of going to the GP surgery, the hospital is entitled to charge the NHS.

According to the Health Service Journal the cost to the NHS of 14 million unnecessary visits to A&E departments was £940 million.

April 16, 2008
Elsevier expands online training with emergency medicine, orthopaedics and anaesthesia modules

Elsevier, the leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that it has added three new modules to Procedures Consult in orthopaedics, anesthesia and emergency medicine.

Procedures Consult, which Elsevier launched in July 2007 with 40 procedures in internal medicine, is an online multimedia resource that helps physicians, medical residents and students learn, perform and test their knowledge of the most frequent medical procedures.

December 11, 2007
Plans to use "solo-responders" to answer more emergency calls come under fire over fears that patients could be at risk

Plans to use so-called "solo-responders" to answer more emergency calls have come under fire from ambulance unions and doctors who fear that patients could be put at risk.

Many two-person ambulance crews are being split up in some NHS areas to meet new response-time targets.

Some staff say solo-responders are not always appropriate and that it is a bid to get the service on the cheap.

December 5, 2007
Study estimates the number of emergency department (ED) visits for adverse drug events involving Beers criteria medications

A study has estimated the number of emergency department (ED) visits for adverse drug events involving Beers criteria medications and other medications.

The Beers criteria estimate the number of and risk for ED visits due to inappropriate use of medications in older adults.

Data was obtained from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System­, Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance System, 2004­ 2005; National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2004; and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2004.