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Donna L. Washington, MD, MPH; January 2004
A triage nurse instructed by a physician to immediately bring a febrile child, who was possibly dehydrated, to the treatment area is stopped by the charge nurse, citing overcrowding. The parents seek treatment elsewhere; upon arrival, the child is in full arrest.
Journal Article > Study
Nurses' perceptions of multitasking in the emergency department: effective, fun and unproblematic (at least for me)—a qualitative study.
Forsberg HH, Athlin ÅM, von Thiele Schwarz U. Int Emerg Nurs. 2015;23:59-64.
Interruptions are often cited as a source of potential errors in nursing care. However, this qualitative study found that emergency department nurses perceived their ability to multitask and handle interruptions as a necessary skill and an important source of professional pride.
Journal Article > Review
Improving perceptions of patient safety through standardizing handoffs from the emergency department to the inpatient setting: a systematic review.
Alimenti D, Buydos S, Cunliffe L, Hunt A. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2019;31:354-363.
This systematic review of handoffs from the emergency department to inpatient settings found that standardized handoff approaches led to enhanced perceptions of safety and satisfaction. Researchers found that little data exists on the impact of standardizing handoffs from the emergency department to the hospital on safety outcomes, but studies demonstrated the potential for provider education and implementation of standardized handoff tools to positively affect perceptions of patient safety and provider satisfaction.