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The June 2021 edition of Clinical Communiqué addresses access blocks to safe and timely patient care in emergency departments. Access blocks and hospital overcrowding can lead to delays in delivery of care, alarm fatigue in clinicians (potential for misdiagnosis) and elevated mortality rates. With an ever-increasing demand for care within emergency departments, this edition raises the significance of this issue and the impact to patient care.

The case studies and expert commentary offers suggestions for clinicians to make a positive difference to patient safety and details how prevention of access blocks is a shared responsibility across all levels of health care and government.

Read the current edition of Clinical Communiqué