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Introduction to acute medicine 

Introduction to acute medicine
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Introduction to acute medicine
Author(s):

Dr Richard Leach

, Professor Derek Bell

, and Professor Kevin Moore

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199565979.003.0001
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date: 28 May 2020

Chapter 1 provides an introduction to acute medicine, and discusses aspects relevant to the initial, acute management phase, including recognizing and assessing the acutely unwell patient, organization of acute medical admission wards, admission and discharge guidelines, general supportive care, severity of illness scoring systems, the hypotensive patient and shock, the blue and breathless (cyanosed) patient, the oliguric patient, the confused/disorientated/‘obtunded’ patient, and the ongoing management of acutely ill patient.

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