Emergency department technicians in a University-County Hospital: A 15-year experience

David P. Sklar, Mary Herring, Paul B. Roth, Ronald Besante

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Abstract

Technicians have assisted physicians in many specialty areas in which a small number of procedures and limited expertise could be quickly mastered and used regularly. We describe a program of training and graded responsibility of emergency department technicians focusing on laceration and wound care, splinting, IV catheter placement, and other procedures for critically ill or injured patients. Infection rates of wounds sutured by technicians are comparable to those reported by physicians using similar techniques. In a time of nursing shortages, technicians are an alternative for supplementing the traditional providers of emergency care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-405
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • allied health
  • emergency department

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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