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Staff shortages affecting NHS stroke services

Two reports published today from the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) show that despite steady progress in the care of stroke patients in the UK, there are still major shortages of both nurses and doctors.

New e-learning tool from RCP for falls management in hospital

A new e-learning tool aimed at improving the care patients receive after they fall has been launched.

New toolkit will speed up diagnosis and treatment of emergency patients

The Royal College of Physicians has launched a new toolkit to promote the use of ambulatory emergency care – which can improve clinical care and reduce costs.

Stop taking patients in cardiac arrest to hospital, says expert

It’s time to stop taking patients in cardiac arrest to hospital and let ambulance crews deliver the best possible care at the scene, says a senior UK doctor.

New toolkit will help doctors diagnose and treat sepsis

A new toolkit from the Royal College of Physicians and the UK Sepsis Trust will help doctors recognise and treat sepsis on acute care wards, saving an extra 12,500 lives a year.

Most NHS trusts unaware of impact of HAIs

Most NHS trusts are unaware of the full scale, cost and impact of healthcare-acquired infections, such as sepsis and norovirus, a report reveals.

More stroke patients could benefit from thrombolytic treatment

Many more stroke patients could benefit from thrombolytic treatment (the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots), but it needs to be administered as quickly as possible after the first signs of illness, according to new findings from the largest meta-analysis to date investigating the clot-busting drug alteplase.

A third more people suffer heart attack or stroke than previously thought

A person living in Glasgow is more than four times as likely to die prematurely from cardiovascular disease (CVD) than someone living in Hart in Hampshire, according to new statistics by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

More acute medicine and GIM training posts needed

More training posts in acute medicine have to be created if the ‘front door’ pressure on hospitals is going to be alleviated.

Juniors have inadequate training in geriatrics

Doctors are qualifying to practise medicine without the skills or training to give frail elderly patients the respect and treatment they deserve, a study claims.

Heart failure associated with risk of developing diabetes

Increasing severity of heart failure is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes.

A study by Dr Malene Demant et al, Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte, Denmark, followed all Danish patients discharged from hospitalisation for first-time heart failure in 1997–2010, without prior use of oral diabetes drugs, until a claimed prescription for oral diabetes drugs, death, or 31 December 2010.