Journal article

Uniting emergency and inpatient clinicians across the ED-inpatient interface: The last frontier?

Andrew Staib, Clair Sullivan, Johannes B Prins, Andrew Burton-Jones, Gerry Fitzgerald, Ian Scott

EMERGENCY MEDICINE AUSTRALASIA | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Unwell patients in the ED requiring inpatient admission must negotiate the interface between the ED and inpatient wards. Despite its importance and scale, this ED-inpatient interface (EDii) is poorly characterised. The aim of this paper is to clearly define the EDii and to describe its importance to (i) the patient: delays to admission and errors in communication across the EDii can increase adverse outcomes; (ii) the hospital: poor EDii function reduces hospital efficiency and effectiveness; and (iii) the healthcare system: half of all hospital inpatient admissions occur via the EDii and so EDii affects system-wide performance. The EDii can be defined as the dynamic, transitional phase of p..

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