Improving the Assessment and Triage of Patients with Mental Illness attending the Emergency Department

Jacqueline De Lacy
Since the amalgamation of mental institutions with acute hospitals there has been an increase in presentations of patients with mental illness to the Emergency Department. The first point of contact for the patient attending the Emergency Department is typically triage. It is the point where emergency care begins with the nurse assessing the patient and assigning a triage category that best suits the patient’s clinical need. Traditionally triage had its origins in assessing patients presenting...
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