Medicine And Books

Emergency Triage

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 05 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1056
  1. Colin Robertson, consultant in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

    Ed Kevin Mackway-Jones BMJ Publishing, £12.95, pp 156 ISBN 0 72 79 1126 0

    Everyone sorts, you have to. The Neanderthals had to decide whether to stay in and finish that fiddly bit in the corner of the new cave painting or go and hunt the real thing, just as an NHS chief executive prioritises his or her dwindling budget. Nevertheless, “Accident and Emergency sorts you out quicker” is a reasonable motto for a car bumper sticker. Inadequate resources, the difficulties of getting a hospital bed, and the vast and exciting spectrum of emergency patients hone the technique. Darwinian principles ensure that …

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