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Triaging pregnant women
Pregnant women presenting to the emergency department (ED) pose specific challenges to the triage nurse. There are many examples of adverse outcomes for pregnant women who have presented to EDs in the UK and Australia due to a lack of understanding of the physiology of pregnancy and a failure to recognise the severity of a problem. These adverse events highlight the need to improve pregnancy descriptors for the triage of pregnant women presenting to EDs. McCarthy and her colleagues (page 117), from Melbourne, Australia, want to improve this situation; their study asked one simple question—do condition-specific algorithms and triage education improve triage assessment and documentation of pregnant women presenting to the ED?
A team from Edinburgh describes the experience of one UK training region in establishing an emergency ultrasound training programme and also reports the initial 30 months of scanning experience (page 112). The important point in their REBUS study, from a clinical governance perspective, is that there were no adverse …
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