Urgent treatment at medical facilities could be more efficient if there is a team of specialist emergency surgeons there, according to new research.
The study was carried out at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and retrospectively looked at 861 patients who received consultations and operations at the facility.
It found that by splitting the surgery team into those that would carry out scheduled operations and those who would be available for emergency procedures, more work was carried out during the working day than at night.
Dr Rebecca Britt, assistant professor at EVMS, explained: "The results of this study suggest that an acute surgery service operating largely during daytime hours can provide more efficient emergency care."
She also noted that the report made a strong case that surgical and trauma services should be split into two teams.
A recent study led by Dr Joseph Wright, senior vice-president of the Child Health Advocacy Institute at the Children's National Medical Center, indicated that medical facilities need to have specialised emergency facilities for children.