Journal article

Rapid intervention and treatment zone: redesigning nursing services to meet increasing emergency department demand.

Julie Considine, Elspeth Lucas, Roslyn Martin, Helen E Stergiou, Matthew Kropman, Herman Chiu

Int J Nurs Pract | Published : 2012

Abstract

The impact of emergency nursing roles in demand management systems is poorly understood. The aim of this study was to evaluate emergency nurses' role in a specific emergency department (ED) demand management system: rapid intervention and treatment zone (RITZ). A descriptive exploratory approach was used. Data were collected from audit of 193 randomly selected patient records and 12 h of clinical practice observation. The median age of participants was 31 years, 51.8% were males and 99.5% were discharged home. Nurse qualifications or seniority had no significant effect on waiting time or length of stay (LOS). There were disparities between documented and observed nursing practice. The design..

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