Acute Medical Unit


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Acute Medical Unit

A dedicated ward in the UK which is either co-located with or geographically separate from A&E, for the acute medical care of patients who
(1) present to hospital as medical emergencies and thus are referred directly to the AMU from primary care or community settings, or
(2) are admitted via A&E, or
(3) develop an acute medical problem whilst in hospital.
AMU patients may be under the care of consultants in medical and/or surgical specialties.
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The trust say around 40 patients a day have received ambulatory care at the Royal's acute medical unit, who would otherwise have been seen within the emergency department.
Health Minister Edwin Poots told the Assembly yesterday he is to recruit 15 "additional nurses" for the underpressure ED and another 25 for the Acute Medical Unit.
Fred, from Wickford, Essex, was taken to hospital by ambulance with breathing difficulties and was admitted to the acute medical unit on January 26.
Sister Nicky Taggart was in charge of the acute medical unit when a patient turned on supplies of oxygen and threatened to set fire to himself and the unit.
In May 2001 she commenced work at Wodonga Regional Health Service, and worked on the acute Medical Unit until 2004.
One was the use of a pulse oximeter for continuous oxygen monitoring to assess the adequacy of oxygen therapy in an acute medical unit. The second was that while oxygen is administered as a matter of routine its dosing may not be adjusted as per requirement.
Dr Steph Clarke worked in the acute medical unit, surgical assessment unit and hospital palliative care team at Walsall Manor Hospital before her death in March following a battle with a rare form of cancer.
The George Eliot Hospital says it is experiencing an 'increased level' of diarrhoea and vomiting among patients on its Acute Medical Unit (AMU).
Staff said the acute medical unit, which takes medical patients from A&E and all Kirklees GPs, began as a four-bedded bay with a handful of patients on a daily basis.
A spokesman for the Royal said part of the accident and emergency department was moved to the next door acute medical unit during the incident.

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