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
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..View full abstract
This work was partly funded by the Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division Health Improvement Unit.