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“Drunk tanks” are studied over festive period to see if they ease pressure on emergency departments

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 29 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5929
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

NHS England is to study how hospitals and ambulance services cope over Christmas and New Year in cities that have “drunk tanks”—where revellers who have overindulged can be treated away from emergency departments—to decide if the schemes should be rolled out nationally.

A 2016 study in the Emergency Medicine Journal found that up to 15% …

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