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Report found that 4 out of 5 ambulance patients were brought directly to ED

According to official reports, too many ambulance patients are taken directly to the emergency department (ED) and too many on a flat back.

Four in five ambulance patients are taken directly to the ED, compared to half of the UK’s highest performing ambulance services, reports the HealthServiceExecutive Panel.

This suggests that emergency physicians are “more likely to bring patients directly to the ED” rather than first assessing the patient to determine the most appropriate care route.

According to the report, fewer patients will be taken to the hospital in an ambulance trolley bed. Many patients are “suitable to sit” when they are taken to the ED. Avoiding the use of trolleys for these patients can “speed up investigations and facilitate discharge assessment”.

According to the report, delays in delivery of care for patients arriving at the hospital by ambulance are primarily a symptom of pressure on the system, but not all delays in delivery are due to capacity issues.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/four-in-five-ambulance-patients-brought-directly-to-ed-report-finds-1.4885187?localLinksEnabled=false Report found that 4 out of 5 ambulance patients were brought directly to ED

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