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Table 2 Emergency care needs assessment report framework

From: A Pacific needs analysis model: a proposed methodology for assessing the needs of facility-based emergency care in the Pacific region



Content summary


Background and Context



• Methodological approach

• Tools used

• Structure and purpose of report



Assessment of current function

• Existing strengths

• Staff

• Systems (processes)

• Space (environment & equipment)

• Special issues

Facilitators and barriers


Capacity for specific roles/tasks

For example: teaching and clinical supervision


EC development goals

• Staff

• Systems (processes)

• Space (environment / equip)

• Culture, capacity & service

EC development priorities

Incorporates urgency of issue to be addressed, capacity to improve function and feasibility / achievability

Strategies for improving EC

• In-country / Local

• External technical assistance

• No / low cost vs requiring funding

• Matched to priorities

• Practical and feasible



Resource considerations


Mindfulness of specific local context and resource issues

Potential models


Suggestions and linkages to complimentary programs, funding streams, networks, other resources

Next steps


List of people consulted


Completed PECA table

Completed table serves as a baseline record of capacity and function

Specific issue recommendations

For example; ED triage, patient flow management, paediatric EC

Maps of ED (current and potential)

Low cost suggestions for maximising space utility, reducing patient bottle-necks, improving flow