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Nurse triage increases emergency department waiting times

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1305
  1. Steve George,
  2. Susan Read,
  3. Brian Williams
  1. Senior lecturer in public health medicine Institute of Public Health, University of Southampton, Southampton SO9 5NH
  2. Senior lecturer in nursing research Sheffield Centre for Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2RX
  3. Professor of public health medicine University of Sheffield

    EDITOR,--When considering guidelines for triage by nurses in accident and emergency departments Andrew B Bindman states that “it is less problematic if guidelines systematically recommend care in the accident and emergency department for some patients who could be treated in alternative settings than it is if they routinely recommend alternative care for patients who truly are emergencies.”1 This statement is not the truism …

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