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Rachel E Nowak
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (8): 439. || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11414
Published online: 15 October 2012

Rachel Nowak argues that implementing recommendations about emergency department communication would make EDs faster, more efficient and more humane

Eighty fewer deaths were recorded in the year following the adoption of the 4-hour rule by the emergency departments (EDs) of three tertiary hospitals in Western Australia1 — equivalent to almost half the state road toll. This remarkable result is regarded by some as preliminary. But if it stands the test of time, it will be testament to what is achievable with good up-front resourcing from a health department, plus improved communication — in this case, between the ED and the wards.

  • Rachel E Nowak

  • Rachel Nowak and Associates, Melbourne, VIC.

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I run a consultancy, Rachel Nowak and Associates, specialising in science policy, analysis and communication.

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