Measuring patient dependency - Performance of the Jones Dependency Tool in an Australian emergency department

Publisher:
College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Inc
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Australian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2013, 16 (2), pp. 64 - 72
Issue Date:
2013-05
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Background: The emergency department (ED) is a dynamic environment, in which a high volume of undifferentiated patients with varying levels of urgency must be assessed and treated in a timely manner, primarily by nurses. Nurses not only provide initial but also continuing care for all patients presenting to the ED. Predicting the number of nurses required and the ideal ratio of nursing staff to patients presenting is complex.
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