Measuring patient dependency in the emergency department
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Measuring patient dependency in the emergency department

Gary Jones CBE Managing director, Health Care Training & Development Services Ltd, Grays, Essex, England

The Jones Dependency Tool can be used in emergency departments to improve patient care and identify the required staffing and skill mix. Using the tool, the nurse can accurately identify a patient’s specific nursing needs. The dependency tool is used to evaluate patients’ needs in six areas: communication; airway, breathing and circulation; mobility; eating, drinking, elimination and personal care; environmental safety, health and social needs; and triage. Appropriate nursing care can be tailored to the dependency level, depending on whether the dependency level is low, moderate, high or total dependency.

Nursing Standard. 30, 2,38-43. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.2.38.e9249


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Received: 23 June 2014

Accepted: 04 February 2015