Journal article

Republished paper: Emergency department triage revisited

Gerard FitzGerald, George A Jelinek, Deborah Scott, Marie Frances Gerdtz

Postgraduate Medical Journal | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2010


Triage is a process that is critical to the effective management of modern emergency departments. Triage systems aim, not only to ensure clinical justice for the patient, but also to provide an effective tool for departmental organisation, monitoring and evaluation. Over the last 20 years, triage systems have been standardised in a number of countries and efforts made to ensure consistency of application. However, the ongoing crowding of emergency departments resulting from access block and increased demand has led to calls for a review of systems of triage. In addition, international variance in triage systems limits the capacity for benchmarking. The aim of this paper is to provide a criti..

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