The Emergency Medicine Programme Strategy was launched in 2012 outlining the future direction and requirement for Emergency Care Networks in Ireland.
A large number of guidelines and pathways have been developed by the Programme to standardise care and processes across hospitals.
Some of the guidelines produced include:
- Irish Children’s Triage System
- Patient Visiting Protocol
- Infection Control Algorithm
- Pain Management Guidelines
- Protocol for the administration of Paracetamol at Triage in EDs
- Manchester Triage Rollout and Audit Tool
- Guidance for the Recovery of Emergency medicine Services Following a Hospital Major Emergency
- ED best practice guides
The Programme has mapped out current capacity and identified gaps in service at a variety of levels including:
- Emergency Care Network definition
- Nursing Workforce Planning
- ED Cubicle Assessment
- ED Workforce Survey
- Medical Workforce Planning in conjunction with HSE National Doctors Training and Planning
- IU Staffing Model
- ANP Development Plan and Model
- Nursing Role Profiles
- Governance in ED
- CDU Model
The Programme links with a number of other NCPs to develop relevant tools to the Emergency Department.
- Post Triage Mental Health Triage Tool
- Mental Health Transport Protocol
- Pathway for the Early Identification and Initial Management of Delirium
- Ambulance Handover Protocol (IMIST-AMBO)
A training course for Clinical Microsystems for EDs in Ireland was rolled out in 2013 & 2014. This use of this system improves efficiency, enhances team performance and improves quality of care. The recruitment of a Clinical Microsystems Facilitator in 2016 is facilitating the re-invigoration of this work in EDs.
The work of the Emergency Medicine Programme is ongoing and the list of outputs is growing constantly. For latest updates and a repository of clinical guidelines, please visit www.emnow.ie.