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PURPOSE This paper aims to show that identification of expectations and software functional requirements via consultation with potential users is an integral component of the development of an emergency department patient admissions prediction tool. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with 14 key health staff(More)
Forecasting is an important aid in many areas of hospital management, including elective surgery scheduling, bed management, and staff resourcing. This paper describes our work in analyzing patient admission data and forecasting this data using regression techniques. Five years of Emergency Department admissions data were obtained from two hospitals with(More)
Of the causes of the scurvy 105 fruits 1 or upon bread made of peas, or a composition of these with oats ; and, during the winter, eat what is called broose, which is oatmeal mixed with the fat of salt beef; and, for want of fresh and wholsome water, use what is either hard and brackish, or putrid and stagnating. Different ways of life have likewise a(More)
The ability of hospital staff to get a patient to the right bed at the right time is dependent on bed occupancy, and is a key issue in all acute hospitals. This paper seeks to identify the impact of admission and discharge timing on hospital occupancy with reference to the peak in daily admissions and discharges. Patient admissions data from 23 Queensland(More)
A BMJ/COPE high level meeting in London on 12 January 2012 agreed the following statement: • This meeting believes that the UK's mechanisms for ensuring good research conduct and investigating research misconduct need to be strengthened • Research misconduct is defined as behaviour by a researcher, intentional or not, that falls short of good ethical and(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe and compare characteristics and outcomes of patients who arrive by ambulance to the ED. We aimed to (i) compare patients with a delayed ambulance offload time (AOT) >30 min with those who were not delayed; and (ii) identify predictors of an ED length of stay (LOS) of >4 h for ambulance-arriving patients. METHODS A retrospective,(More)
Emergency department overcrowding is an increasing issue impacting patients, staff and quality of care, resulting in poor patient and system outcomes. In order to facilitate better management of emergency department resources, a patient admission predictive tool was developed and implemented. Evaluation of the tool's accuracy and efficacy was complemented(More)