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dc.contributor.authorRaidla, Annelie
dc.contributor.authorDarro, Katrin
dc.contributor.authorCarlson, Tobias
dc.contributor.authorKhorram-Manesh, Amir
dc.contributor.authorBerlin, Johan
dc.contributor.authorCarlström, Eric
dc.identifier.citationRaidla, A., Darro, K., Carlson, T., Khorram-Manesh, A., Berlin, J., & Carlström, E. (2020). Outcomes of establishing an urgent care centre in the same location as an emergency department. Sustainability, 12(19).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe emergency department (ED) is one of the busiest facilities in a hospital, and it is frequently described as a bottleneck that limits space and structures, jeopardising surge capacity during Major Incidents and Disasters (MIDs) and pandemics such as the COVID 19 outbreak. One remedy to facilitate surge capacity is to establish an Urgent Care Centre (UCC), i.e., a secondary ED, co-located and in close collaboration with an ED. This study investigates the outcome of treatment in an ED versus a UCC in terms of length of stay (LOS), time to physician (TTP) and use of medical services. If it was possible to make these parameters equal to or even less than the ED, UCCs could be used as supplementary units to the ED, improving sustainability. The results show reduced waiting times at the UCC, both in terms of TTP and LOS. In conclusion, creating a primary care-like facility in close proximity to the hospitals may not only relieve overcrowding of the hospital’s ED in peacetime, but it may also provide an opportunity for use during MIDs and pandemics to facilitate the victims of the incident and society as a whole.en_US
dc.rightsNavngivelse 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.titleOutcomes of establishing an urgent care centre in the same location as an emergency departmenten_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holder© 2020 by the authors.en_US

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