Authors: Constance Gray, Michelle Hutch and Martin Christensen
Paediatric emergency admissions to the Emergency Department(ED) often placed children in an environment better suited to the treatment of adult patients. As a result normal practice was to triage and treat children in line with adult principles which often resulted in wrong triage categories, delays in treatment and issues around paediatric drug administration, unfamiliarity of emergency paediatric care and caring for children in an often frightening environment. Admission to a specialist Paediatric Emergency Short Stay Unit (PESSU) has significantly reduced waiting times for children arriving into the ED and has ensured specialist nursing and medical care can be initiated in a more timely and effective manner. This has been supported by the development of the Paediatric Flow Nurse role.
Keywords: Paediatric short stay, Practice development and Paediatric flow nurse