Sapal Tachakra and Alistair Stinson propose a radical solution to emergency care pressures
• A true rise in the number of cases being seen
• A greater filtering function performed by the department. The filtering function is time-consuming because it requires doctors requesting X-rays and pathology tests that would have been requested by inpatient staff a decade ago when there were more beds available
• The greater need to discharge patients back into the community to save on hospital admissions
• The process required in making a wise and safe decision by A&E and inpatient staff means that the time spent in A&E can be increased.
Emergency Nurse. 8, 5, 12-15. doi: 10.7748/en2000.09.8.5.12.c1329
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