"State of the Nation" - The Society for Acute Medicine,s Benchmarking Audit 2013 (SAMBA ,13).
Acute Med. 2013;12(4):214-9
Authors: Le Jeune I, Masterton-Smith C, Subbe CP, Ward D
Background#58; 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#58; 24-hour data collection on the 20th of June 2013 with follow-up data at 72 hours. Results#58; 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#58; 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.
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