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Template for uniform reporting of emergency department measures, consensus according to the Utstein method

Hruska, Katrina; Castrén, Maaretc; Banerjee, Jayd; Behringer, Wilhelme; Bjørnsen, Lars P.f,g; Cameron, Peterf; Einav, Sharoni; Holroyd, Brian R.j,k; Jones, Peterl,m; Lassen, Annmarien; Truesdale, Melindah; Kurland, Lisab

doi: 10.1097/MEJ.0000000000000582
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Objective To develop a template for uniform reporting of standardized measuring and describing of care provided in the emergency department (ED).

Methods An international group of experts in emergency medicine, with broad experience from different clinical settings, met in Utstein, Norway. Through a consensus process, a limited number of measures that would accurately describe an ED were chosen and a template was developed.

Results The final measures to be reported and their definitions were grouped into six categories: Structure, Staffing and governance, Population, Process times, Hospital and healthcare system and Outcomes. The template for Utstein-style uniform reporting is presented.

Conclusion The suggested template is intended for use in studies carried out in EDs to improve comparability and knowledge translation.

aEmergency Department, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge

bDepartment of Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden

cDepartment of Emergency Medicine and Services, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki University, Helsinki, Finland

dUniversity Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK

eDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Jena University, Jena, Germany

fDepartment of Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital Services, St Olav’s Hospital HF, Trondheim University Hospital

gDepartment of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

hThe Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia

iShaare Zedek Medical Centre and Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel

jEmergency Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services

kDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada

lDepartment of Surgery, Universtiy of Auckland

mDepartment of Emergency Medicine Research, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

nDepartment of Emergency Medicine, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

Correspondence to Katrin Hruska, MD, Funktion Akut, Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset, Huddinge 141 86, Sweden Tel: +46 708 3994; e-mail:

Received April 8, 2018

Accepted September 20, 2018

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