Emergency department patient safety checklist


A case study describing the actions taken to increase use of a patient safety checklist in emergency departments (ED).

What is the emergency department patient safety checklist?

The ED patient safety 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 to improve patient satisfaction and reduce risks.

What the PSC did

The PSC played a significant role in the spread and adoption of this checklist developed by clinicians at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.

Through the emergency department collaborative established by the AHSN and PSC, the checklist is used in all seven EDs in the West of England, spanning six trusts and the ambulance service. The PSC is now supporting the national adoption and spread of the checklist.


The Health Foundation evaluation of the checklist showed it improves clinical processes and reduces serious incidents from unrecognised patient deterioration.

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