Understanding escalation area and corridor care in UK emergency departments (UNCORKED)
This study aims to estimate the proportion of UK emergency department patients experiencing escalation area and corridor care, establish which patients experience such care, and devise a standardised definition for escalation area and corridor care.


The Study

Due to demands on space many emergency departments in the UK care for patients in areas not originally designed for this purpose. These areas are collectively known as escalation areas and can include hospital corridors. The UNCORKED study aims to estimate the proportion of patients that experience care in these areas and describe which patients do so in terms of basic information such as age, diagnosis and where they move to from the ED.

The study also aims to come up with a standard definition for escalation area and corridor care, which is currently lacking. This work will be important for future research into how patient outcomes are affected by experiencing escalation area and corridor care.

The Data

As part of this study we will collect anonymised patient data from routine medical records such as age, gender and diagnosis made in the emergency department.

We will also be collecting some data about how the emergency department manages patients when their normal care areas are full.

The Benefits

There is currently little data that describes how often escalation areas are used across the UK and which patients experience care in these areas. This research will provide important information to help develop future research into the effects of this care. It will also give clinical leaders a real-world picture of how often emergency departments are over capacity.

An agreed upon definition for escalation and corridor care will provide a common language for future research and policy discussion.

The Results

The final outcomes from the UNCORKED study will be communicated via presentations in scientific meetings and by peer reviewed publications.

We will aim to publish the results approximately 12 months after completion. We may discuss interim results at academic conferences prior to this.

Study Protocol - coming soon

Expressions of interest

If you are interested in UNCORKED running in your emergency department, please complete the expressions of interest form via the button below

Expressions of interest

Site Portal

If you are involved in running UNCORKED at one of our sites, click on the button below to access all the relevant documents and training materials. One of your team will have the password, or email us to receive it.

Site portal - coming soon