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Shifting attention to an undervalued asset; the emergency department technician

Published:November 23, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2020.11.051

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      US emergency departments are facing a number of operational challenges related to chronic shortages of registered nurses. Many of the tasks done by registered nurses can be safely and successfully delegated to the emergency department technician (EDT), particularly if a hospital's nursing and administrative leadership are affirmatively engaged in a process to professionalize and train their EDT workforce. This paper examines the state, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulatory landscape for the EDT, reviews the literature on how hospital's utilize EDT's, discusses approaches to skills training, and examines the need for profession standardization that enables job role expansion.

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