- Article: Using ambulatory A&E care to cut admissions
- Author: Gemma Hattrick is emergency nurse practitioner; Ceri Bentham is clinical business manager; both at South Tyneside Foundation Trust.
- Ambulatory emergency care is an area of growing interest
- A number of conditions can be safely and effectively managed outside hospital
- The system can improve patient experience and cut emergency admissions
- It can provide a rapid diagnosis and management plan
- Other benefits include better staff morale and cost savings
- According to the article, one of the main benefits of the pilot AEC program is improved patient experience. What principles of AEC could be applied in caring for patients who require hospitalisation?
- Why does AEC reduce readmissions?
- Do the principles underpinning AEC help or hinder the role of the nurse in caring?
- What steps could be taken to replicate the success of this pilot AEC project within your trust?