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Running head: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGECritical analysis of the emergency department triageName of the student:Name of the university:Author note:
1CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGETable of ContentsIntroduction:2Background:3Methods:4Results:6Summary Assessment and Conclusion:7Relevance to nursing practice:8Reference:10
2CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGEIntroduction:One of the most dynamic sectors of a health care facility which handles by far the highestdemands is the emergency department. Along with that it has to be mentioned that theemergency department triages often is the place where the primary care for the patient isinitiated. Hence the individual factors associated with the emergency care triage environment arecrucial to ensure absolute safety of the patent under consideration (Abuse, 2013). Nowconsidering the mental health practices the implicatiosn of initial triage environments are evenmore imperative. The article “Implications of the emergency department triage environment ontriage practice for clients with a mental illness at triage in an Australian context” by authorsMarc Broadbent, Lorna Moxham and Trudy Dwyer, discusses the very implications that theemergency care triage environments impact on the triage care of nurses for mental illness wardstaking the Australian context as exemplary (Broadbent, Moxham & Dwyer, 2014).This study had been an exploratory qualitative study that has taken a ethnographicobservational design for the entire study and taken into consideration the perception of the nursesregarding the triage environment implications and the actual impact that it imparts on the carequality. It has to be mentioned in this context that there have been vey studies that havededicated attention towards the impact that health care environment imparts on the care qualityand the overall experience of the patents while in the facility. Moreover, taking the triageenvironment and the implications of the same onto the care quality that the patients receive is anappreciable effort from the authors’ part. However, this assignment will attempt to criticallyevaluate the article thoroughly taking each and every factor associated with the concept intoconsideration (Asarnow et al., 2011).
3CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGEBackground:The study explains beautifully the importance of emergency department care in Australia inthe context of mental health, as the mentally ill patient seeking acute mental health services inAustralian health care industry receive line of care or medical attention in the emergency caredepartment. It has to be mentioned in this context that there have been measures to improve theAustralian emergency department scenario for a long time, however the authors highlight the keyissue in this sector to be the fact the exact number of patients presented in the ED is unknown topthe triage nurses, which poses a significant challenge to the ED triage nurses (Broadbent,Moxham & Dwyer, 2014). Hence this research study attempted to explore the entire triagepractice environment of the emergency department and discover all the different issuesassociated with the professional clinical practice in the mental health care facility ED. Howeverthe study emphasises on the patent assessment and patient management techniques incorporatedIn the ED triage with the concept of a safer and more compassionate environment in the ED canfacilitate more improved therapeutic relationship between the nurses and the mentally illpatients.The literature review for the paper is very concise however it still includes vital data thathave been published previously in the subject. For instance, the literature review begins with theED guidelines applicable in the Australian health care context, explaining the dedicated areas forassessment and stabilization of the patients. However the authors have also discussed in theliterature review the fact that in most cases the ED triage staff cannot leave the patientsunsupervised in the dedicated area where the tension around other mentally ill patients in themost cases are taken care of by non trained staff in the waiting area (Carlier et al., 2012). Thewaiting time for the mentally ill patients in the triage is extended multiple folds until a medical
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