Emergency care assessment tool for health facilities

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Wallis, Lee en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Calvello, Emilie en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Bae, Crystal en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-28T13:32:17Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-28T13:32:17Z
dc.date.issued 2016 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Bae, C. 2016. Emergency care assessment tool for health facilities. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/20990
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract To date, health facilities in Africa have not had an objective measurement tool for evaluating essential emergency service provision. One major obstacle is the lack of consensus on a standardized evaluation framework, applicable across a variety of resource settings. The African Federation for Emergency Medicine has developed an assessment tool, specifically for low- and middle-income countries, via consensus process that assesses provision of key medical interventions. These interventions are referred to as essential emergency signal functions. A signal function represents the culmination of knowledge of interventions, supplies, and infrastructure capable for the management of an emergent condition. These are evaluated for the six specific clinical syndromes, regardless of aetiology, that occur prior to death: respiratory failure, shock, altered mental status, severe pain, trauma, and maternal health. These clinical syndromes are referred to as sentinel conditions. This study used the items deemed "essential", developed by consensus of 130 experts at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference 2013, to develop a tool, the Emergency Care Assessment Tool (ECAT), incorporating these using signal functions for the specific emergency sentinel conditions. The tool was administered in a variety of settings to allow for the necessary refinement and context modifications before and after administering in each country. Four countries were chosen: Cameroon, Uganda, Egypt, and Botswana, to represent West/Central, East, North, and Southern Africa respectively. To enhance effectiveness, ECAT was used in varying facility levels with different health care providers in each country. This pilot precedes validation studies and future expansive roll out throughout the region. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Emergency Medicine en_ZA
dc.title Emergency care assessment tool for health facilities en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Division of Emergency Medicine en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSc (Med) en_ZA
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