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Triage consultations 'suffering from interruptions'


More than 10 per cent of triage consultations are interrupted, according to University Hospital of South Manchester researchers.

An observational study carried out at one UK emergency department found the mean time to triage was 2.43 minutes and 0.95 minutes for patients arriving by ambulance.

However, they found 13 per cent of triages were interrupted for an unrelated issue.

They said: “Triage times and experience might be improved by reducing external interruptions to the triage process.”


Readers' comments (2)

  • Why is anyone surprised? EVERYTHING we do is interupted constantly! From handover to med rounds, from time with patients to consultations, we can't get a minutes peace to complete one task before someone else is demanding our attention!

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  • I really get frustrated by the automated defensive position taken by our health colleagues

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