Triage and minimising crowding in emergency departments

Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 32015000468
Authors' recommendations: - Crowding happens in all emergency departments and is associated with increased mortality, reduced quality of care and staff burnout - Triage scales are useful in identifying the least urgent cases - Senior doctor triage may help to reduce length of stay in the emergency department, but further research is needed to support any transition to possible models of doctor triage - Primary care staff in emergency departments may be useful but further research is needed to determine effective models of working - "Fast-tracking" less urgent patients can reduce the time to initial contact with a doctor and emergency department length of stay
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2015
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
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Copyright: University of York
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