Organisation of care for older people in A&E
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Organisation of care for older people in A&E

Jackie Bridges Lead R&D Nurse, Care for Older People, Barts and the London NHS Trust and St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University;
Julienne Meyer Professor in Adult Nursing, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University;
Karen Spilsbury Research Fellow, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University

Jackie Bridges and her colleagues conducted an action research study to determine the quality of care available for older people during admission to the A&E department

THE NEEDS OF OLDER PEOPLE REPRESENT an under-recognised but significant part of the workload of A&E nurses. In 1998, an action research study was commissioned by a large UK trust to review the organisation of care for older people in A&E. The trust, which has a busy A&E dealing with minor and major trauma, has also set up an inpatient specialty, Services for Older People, for acutely ill patients, age 75 and over, with its own specialist wards and staff. The study was initiated after the difficult winter of 1996/97 when the pressure of emergency admissions was high, leading to excessive trolley waits in A&E.

Emergency Nurse. 8, 3, 22-26. doi: 10.7748/en2000.06.8.3.22.c1323

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