A AND E INITIAL ASSESSMENT TRIAGE CATEGORY

The category assigned to a PATIENT as a result of an initial assessment by medical or nursing staff in an Accident and Emergency Department.

The triage category is used to determine the PATIENT's priority for treatment, and to inform the PATIENT of their waiting time.

National Codes:

1Immediate resuscitation.
PATIENTS in need of immediate treatment for preservation of life.
2Very urgent.
Seriously ill or injured PATIENTS whose lives are not in immediate danger.
3Urgent.
PATIENTS with serious problems, but apparently stable condition.
4Standard.
Standard A&E cases without immediate danger or distress.
5Non-urgent.
PATIENTS whose conditions are not true accidents or emergencies.

References:
Triage and casemix accident and emergency medicine. Marrow, J. European Journal of Emergency Medicine 1998; 5: 53-58

 

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pluralA AND E INITIAL ASSESSMENT TRIAGE CATEGORIES

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