Morgan, V.A. Journal of Emergency Nursing. Published online: October 20 2016
Although numerous electronic applications are available to health care providers on enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets, these resources remain underutilized. Available literature suggests that utilizing electronic applications provides a number of benefits, including improved ability to make quick yet accurate decisions, improved knowledge of evidence based practices, a corresponding reduction in error rates, and an increase in quality improvement measures. These benefits translated into a reduction in adverse events and hospital lengths of stay.
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Parts of the NHS “will implode” this winter, an expert has warned, as new figures show falling A&E performance over the past few months. | The Guardian
Dr Mark Holland, the president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the days when summer used to provide a respite for busy emergency departments had gone, and instead the NHS faced an “eternal winter”.
The NHS was “on its knees” and a major increase in hospital admissions due to flu or the sickness bug norovirus could lead to collapse, he added.
Holland spoke out as new figures show that waiting times in A&E units in England this summer have been worse than for most winters stretching back more than a decade.
One in 10 patients waited more than four hours in A&E during June, July and August – worse than any winter in the past 12 years bar one, analysis by the BBC showed. Only last winter marked a worse performance since the target was launched in 2004.
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