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ER nurses might do better 'eyeballing' patients

from HealthDay News

In a recently released study, nearly 6,400 patients seeking ER care were assessed over three months. Nurses used an established triage protocol to determine which patients were the sickest, while medical students and phlebotomists (blood collection specialists) made their decisions by simply looking at the patients — "eyeballing" them. Eyeballing patients was more accurate than the structured assessment in determining the risk of death within 48 hours and 30 days, according to the study. "We need to ask ourselves in these days of rising medical costs and rising patient numbers if we can afford to continue doing it the way we have always done it if we can do it just as well or better a simpler way," journal editor Dr. Ellen Weber wrote in an accompanying editorial. more

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