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Accid Emerg Nurs. 2004 Jan;12(1):24-7.

Evaluation of a 'See and Treat' pilot study introduced to an emergency department.

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  • 1Addenbrookes Emergency Department, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK. tessafiona@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the effectiveness of a 'See and Treat' system on waiting times for patients attending an Emergency Department with minor injuries and illnesses.

METHODS:

Retrospective analysis of statistics collected during two study periods and compared for evaluation.

RESULTS:

The percentage of patients assessed within 15 min increased from 82% to 98%. The percentage of patients seen within 1 h of arrival rose from 63% to 90% using 'See and Treat'. The percentage of patients discharged within 1 h rose from 16% to 41%. The average wait to see a doctor or emergency nurse practitioner dropped from 56 to 30 min. The total average time in the department dropped from 1 h 39 min to 1 h 17 min. During 'See and Treat' the waiting times for all patients within the department were also reduced.

CONCLUSION:

'See and Treat' reduces waiting times for patients with minor injuries and illnesses and has a positive effect on waiting times for patients elsewhere in the department.

PMID:
14700568
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