NICE Guideline for safe staffing of Emergency Departments

Draft guidelines for safe staffing for nursing in A&E Departments have been released for consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK. The aim is to ensure that A&E departments have the capacity to provide all necessary emergency care, including specialist input for children, older people or those with mental health needs.

The guidelines recommend minimum ratios based on the seriousness of a patient's condition and/or the level of care needed. For example, they recommend two registered nurses to one patient in cases of major trauma or cardiac arrest and one registered nurse to four cubicles in either 'majors' or 'minors'.

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