Journal article

Referrals to hospital emergency departments from residential aged care facilities: stuck in a time warp.

Beverly O'Connell, Mary Hawkins, Julie Considine, Catherine Au

Contemp Nurse | Published : 2013


This research aimed to describe the number and type of residents admitted to emergency departments (EDs) over 2 years; and to explore nurses' perceptions of the reasons why residential aged care facility (RACF) residents are referred to EDs. The research objective was addressed in a retrospective exploratory study using data on admissions to EDs from RACFs (N = 3,094) at the participating organisation over a 2-year period, and interview data on seven RACF and four ED nurses' perceptions of the issues involved. Most residents presenting at EDs required urgent medical attention. Major themes identified by RACF and ED nurses included issues related to staff competency, availability of general p..

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