An admission avoidance team: its role in the Accident & Emergency department

Accid Emerg Nurs. 1999 Apr;7(2):91-5. doi: 10.1016/s0965-2302(99)80028-9.


The recent problems and pressures felt by Accident and Emergency departments around the country led a team at Newham Hospital, London, to develop a scheme to prevent frail elderly and vulnerable younger patients being unnecessarily admitted, thus blocking acute hospital beds. This paper outlines the creation of the scheme, its aims and practice, and early results.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Frail Elderly*
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Health Services Misuse*
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Patient Admission*
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Program Development