A type of SERVICE POINT.
These may be either major units, providing a 24 hour service seven days a week to which the great majority of emergency ambulance cases are taken, or small units commonly called casualty departments, in which services are often only available for limited hours and which may not deal with emergency ambulance cases. A casualty department is not always part of a HOSPITAL SITE. Additional activities may also take place such as: elective surgical work of a minor nature, observation and treatment of PATIENTS in beds, and the holding of out-patient clinics. Beds either within or adjacent to a department will be counted as a WARD or part of a WARD. Work apart from the accident and emergency service should be recorded in the appropriate data system.
An accident and emergency service offers care to PATIENTS who arrive with urgent problems and who have not usually been seen previously by a GENERAL PRACTITIONER.
In the case of serious illness or accident, the treatment provided will be vital resuscitation only before the PATIENT is admitted to hospital.
This class is also known by these names:
|plural||ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS|