Emergency teams in Danish emergency departments

Thomas Lafrenz, Søren Østergaard Lindberg, Jeppe Lerche La Cour, Lars Folkestad, Peter Hallas, Mikkel Brabrand

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    INTRODUCTION: The use of designated emergency teams for cardiac arrest and trauma patients is widely implemented. However, the use of designated teams in Danish emergency departments (EDs) has not been investigated. Our aim was to investigate the use and staffing of emergency teams in Danish EDs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional questionnaire study was sent to all 20 Danish EDs designated for emergency care. RESULTS: The response rate was 95% (n = 19). Three EDs were excluded due to incomplete data. All EDs (n = 16) received critically ill patients, cardiac arrests and trauma patients. In all EDs, a designated team responded to cardiac arrest (CAT) and trauma patients (TT). Only 31% of EDs had access to a designated medical emergency team (MET). CAT consisted of a median of six (range 5-10) different personnel groups. Of these, three (1-6) were physicians and only one (0-2) was a senior physician. TTs consisted of a median of nine (7-11) different personnel groups. Of these, four (2- 6) were physicians, and three (2-4) were senior physicians. In 25% of the EDs, there was no access to a MET. In 31% of the EDs, an ad hoc-team was created. In 14%, a team was created by the attending emergency physician. The staffing of ad hoc-teams relied on diagnosis, symptoms and triage scores. CONCLUSION: Designated teams for patients in cardiac arrest and trauma patients are available in all Danish EDs. More senior staff form part of trauma teams than cardiac arrest teams. There is limited access to designated teams caring for critically ill medical patients in Danish EDs.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TidsskriftDanish medical journal
    Vol/bind59
    Udgave nummer6
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2012

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