Paediatric 'short-stay wards' are in existence in many paediatric centres around the country and appear to be a growing phenomenon. The purpose of this paper is to describe the journey of establishing, and subsequently evaluating, a short-stay unit on a paediatric unit. This paediatric unit is located in a general hospital, which has a separate paediatric emergency department unit. To improve patient care, a paediatric extended emergency care (PEEC) unit was established to provide a positive outcome for patients and their families by reducing avoidable admissions to the paediatric unit. Other goals were to relieve and reduce cubicle block in the paediatric emergency department (PED) to provide discharge planning to families. Therefore a trial was implemented in the form of a PEEC unit.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- Emergency department
- Extended care
- Nursing innovation
- Short stay ward