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Author: Lorraine Lawton
Date: November 2012
Journal: Emergency Nurse
Issue: Volume 20, Number 7
Keywords: Nurse-led discharge, children’s emergency department, substance ingestion
Guidelines were developed at the Whittington Hospital paediatric emergency department (ED) for a nurse-led discharge pathway, initially for children presenting to the department having accidentally ingested a substance that was potentially toxic. Following the new pathway led to cuts in average time in hospital, time to treatment, and costs. Patients’ experience of the emergency service was reported to be improved.
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