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Practitioners reduce time in A&E

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Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) can significantly reduce waiting times and length of stay in A&E, a study has found.

Australian researchers studied 3,156 patients admitted to the emergency department of a Melbourne hospital between September 2004 and August 2005.

The 572 patients treated by an ENP were seen on average after 12 minutes, compared with 31 minutes for those managed under the traditional model of care. Patients seen by the ENP stayed for an average of 94 minutes, compared with 170 minutes for other patients.

Journal of Clinical Nursing (2008) 17: 1044–1050

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