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An exploratory study to examine the phenomenon and practice of ambulance ramping at hospitals within the Queensland Health Southern Districts and the Queensland Ambulance Service

Hammond, Eleanor, Shaban, Ramon, Holzhauser, Kerri, Crilly, Julia, Melton, Nicola, Tippett, Vivienne, FitzGerald, Gerard, Eeles, David, Collier, James, & Finucane, Julie (2012) An exploratory study to examine the phenomenon and practice of ambulance ramping at hospitals within the Queensland Health Southern Districts and the Queensland Ambulance Service. Queensland Health and Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Background: Ambulance Ramping, defined anecdotally as a practice where patients brought to emergency departments by ambulance experience delays to admission, has become more frequent in Australian emergency departments over the last few years. Previous research has shown a link between emergency department overcrowding, ambulance diversion and adverse outcomes for patients. However, there is very little research about Ambulance Ramping. The literature has no consistent definition of Ambulance Ramping, no description of how it is managed, and limited research on the effects it has on patient and service delivery outcomes...

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ID Code: 53478
Item Type: Report
Keywords: ambulance service, Southern Queensland
ISBN: 9780987251305
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health Care Administration (111709)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Queensland Health and Griffith University
Copyright Statement: © 2012. This publication is copyright. Subject to the Copyright Act 1968, no part of this monograph may be reproduced by any means without the written permission of the authors.
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2012 08:06
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 09:25

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