This checklist is a simple time-based framework that outlines clinical tasks that need completing for each patient in the first hours of their admittance to an ED. It ensures that assessments and tests happen in a timely way in order to improve patient satisfaction and reduce risks.
Created by clinicians for clinicians, the checklist was developed and tested by the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with support from the West of England Academic Health Science Network. The evidence base is strong and compelling. The number of emergency departments using the checklist is growing quickly as clinicians realise it keeps their patients safe. It is supported and endorsed by NHS England, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and the Royal College of Nursing.
Improve ED performance
The ED patient safety checklist has been proven to improve clinical processes and reduce serious incidents from unrecognised patient deterioration, and assists any doctor, nurse, bank or agency staff who joins the department to provide the right care.
Unless you are already using an evidence based approach of equivalent quality, we urge you to implement this checklist.
To support implementation, please access the excellent toolkit developed by University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust , the Health Foundation, the West of England AHSN, and the Patient Safety Collaborative. This link also contains useful information on experiences in implementing the checklist in six hospital trusts in the West of England.
- Case study: Developing a dedicated emergency department checklist to prevent recurrence of serious incidents during overcrowding
- Improving patient flow through urgent and emergency care
- Good practice guide: Focus on improving patient flow
- Case studies: Focus on improving patient flow
- Developing trusted assessment schemes: essential elements