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Emergency nurse practitioner care and emergency department patient flow: case-control study

Considine, Julie, Martin, Roslyn, Smit, DeVilliers, Winter, Craig and Jenkins, Jane 2006, Emergency nurse practitioner care and emergency department patient flow: case-control study, Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 385-390, doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2006.00870.x.

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Title Emergency nurse practitioner care and emergency department patient flow: case-control study
Author(s) Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie orcid.org/0000-0003-3801-2456
Martin, Roslyn
Smit, DeVilliers
Winter, Craig
Jenkins, Jane
Journal name Emergency medicine Australasia : EMA
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 385
End page 390
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton South, Vic
Publication date 2006-08
ISSN 1742-6731
1742-6723
Keyword(s) emergency
nursing
length of stay
nurse practitioner
research
Summary Objective: The present study aimed to compare ED waiting times (for medical assessment and treatment), treatment times and length of stay (LOS) for patients managed by an emergency nurse practitioner candidate (ENPC) with patients managed via traditional ED care. Methods: A case–control design was used. Patients were selected using the three most common ED discharge diagnoses for ENPC managed patients: hand/wrist wounds, hand/wrist fractures and removal of plaster of Paris. The ENPC group (n = 102) consisted of patients managed by the ENPC who had ED discharge diagnoses as mentioned above. The control group (n = 623) consisted of patients with the same ED discharge diagnoses who were managed via traditional ED care. Results: There were no significant differences in median waiting times, treatment times and ED LOS between ENPC managed patients and patients managed via traditional ED processes. There appeared to be some variability between diagnostic subgroups in terms of treatment times and ED LOS. Conclusion: Patient flow outcomes for ENPC managed patients are comparable with those of patients managed via usual ED processes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2006.00870.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004234

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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