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Acute Med. 2013;12(4):214-9.

"State of the Nation"--the Society for Acute Medicine's Benchmarking Audit 2013 (SAMBA '13).

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Senior Clinical Lecturer, Bangor University, School of Medical Sciences, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Penrhosgarnedd, LL57 2PW, Bangor.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Benchmarking is important to improve quality of care.

AIM:

To audit the performance of Acute Medical Units (AMUs) against the clinical quality indicators published by the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM).

METHODS:

24-hour data collection on the 20th of June 2013 with follow-up data at 72 hours.

RESULTS:

43 units submitted data on 1425 patients. 76% of patients had early warning scores recorded within 30 minutes of admission, 95% of patients had been seen by a competent decision maker within four hours. 79% of patients were seen by a consultant physicians within the appropriate period of time.

CONCLUSION:

The difference in compliance with quality standards between UK units opens opportunities for learning. The reasons why some units perform better than others require further investigation.

PMID:
24364052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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