Analysis

Corridor nursing: how can EDs maintain safety amid overcrowding?

Emergency departments across the UK are facing record levels of overcrowding, meaning patients are increasingly kept in corridors and cared for there

Emergency departments across the UK are facing record levels of overcrowding, meaning patients are increasingly kept in corridors and cared for there

  • Despite attempts at mitigation, corridor nursing is becoming the norm, but it is undignified for patients and poses infection control risks
  • Assumption seems to be that EDs have ‘elastic walls’ and can take extra patients in a way that wouldn’t be allowed in other parts of a hospital
  • Overcrowding has a huge effect on patient care, sometimes leaving nurses in tears because they feel they can’t effectively care for patients

Emergency departments (EDs) across the UK are facing record levels of overcrowding – to the detriment of patients and the nurses

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