Emergency department (ED) patient safety checklist


A resource to support providers to maintain patient safety and reduce overcrowding in emergency departments.

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.

This two-minute video from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust describes the benefits of using an ED patient safety checklist:

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    • nhsi
    • 6 Oct '17

    resource was opened for discussion.

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