Is it a safer option than just 'warehousing' patients in an ED? In comparison, what are some limitations?
When demands for urgent and emergent care continue to mount and no Emergency Department (ED) care spaces are available for these emergent and urgent patients and all usual actions for rapid admissions to inpatient beds have been maximized, the Over Capacity Protocol should be initiated. This protocol is intended to ensure systematic actions are undertaken to ensure admitted patients being cared for in the ED will be appropriately admitted to an inpatient unit. The protocol may be extended to other areas of the hospital, for example critical care, as required. (Fraser Health).
I am a student completing a thesis on the improvement of a specific emergency department in Toronto, Canada. I am seeking professional opinions about a team triage unit; 1 physician, 2 nurses, 1 assistant nurse, and 1 registrar.
Do you think that this can increase efficiency within the emergency department? Decrease waiting times by immediately discharging non-emergency cases? Decrease the amount of patients who leave without being seen? Your thoughts and opinions on this subject would be greatly appreciated.