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A study exploring drug use and management of patients presenting to an inner city emergency department

Moody, Hilary; Binks, Simon; Salmon, Debra; Benger, Jonathan; Hoskins, Rebecca


Hilary Moody

Simon Binks

Debra Salmon

Jonathan Benger

Rebecca Hoskins
Senior Lecturer in Advanced Practice


Patients who present to an emergency department (ED) with a problem related to illegal drug use can be difficult to identify and are perceived to generate a significant workload for staff. This study suggests that illicit drug use may be more common than previously reported and also that the impact on the ED is perceived by staff to be disproportionately high compared with the actual numbers of patients presenting with complaints related to illicit drug use. We conclude that the over estimation by staff is directly related to the challenges that staff working within the ED setting believe this group of patients pose. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Moody, H., Binks, S., Salmon, D., Benger, J., & Hoskins, R. (2005). A study exploring drug use and management of patients presenting to an inner city emergency department. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 13(3), 147-153.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 1, 2005
Journal Accident and Emergency Nursing
Print ISSN 0965-2302
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 3
Pages 147-153
Keywords drug use, healthcare burden, emergency medicine
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Additional Information Additional Information : This paper, together with a linked paper (Binks et al 2005 Emergency Medicine Journal 22:872-3) contributes to a deeper understanding of the challenges of managing patients presenting with a problem related to emergency drug use in emergency departments. Both papers illustrate Benger's involvement in UWE research teams.