[PDF] Emergency department capacity management guidance

Royal College of Emergency Medicine - RCEM
Royal College of Emergency Medicine
Publication date:
30 September 2015


The Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Scotland has published this report in conjunction with the Scottish Department. 

As identified in the College's STEP Campaign the College is committed wholly to eradicating exit block from Emergency Departments. This guidance proposes the development of a standard operating procedure to avoid crowding by proactively managing capacity in the Emergency Department within the Scottish Governments context of the 6 Essential Actions to Improving Unscheduled Care.

The guidance also includes escalation steps that can be taken when crowding occurs.