Policy briefing

Emergency department standards

The latest policy and what it means for healthcare professionals.

The latest policy and what it means for healthcare professionals.

Essential facts

Sufficient numbers of nurses, patient access to WiFi and regular comfort rounds are on a list of 50 standards for emergency departments (EDs) to improve care.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has asked staff to consider how well their department does in meeting the newly published standards.

The standards cover the patient environment and pathway through the ED, treatment of elderly patients and children, and care of people with complex needs, as well as education about care, teamwork and leadership.

The RCEM says the list is needed to counter a culture of national targets and financial balance to the detriment of care quality.


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