Ditto to the above posters. To qualify which patients would fall into which categories:
Non-urgent: suture removal, rabies vaccine
Fast Track: simple ortho injuries (xray and splint only), lac repair, many eye/ear pain issues
Urgent: Abd pain, cough, simple fever (not in young children or immunocompromised pts)
Emergent: Chest pain, large vag bleed, possible ectopic pregnancy, fever in young children/immunocompromised pts. We make all CP pts emergent....CP is cardiac until proven otherwise.
In my ED, we have a 5 level triage system (based on resources needed) with the above levels plus level 1 - RESUSCITATION. These are patients who, if interventions are not done immediately, will die. Technically, ectopics and some vag bleeds can fall in this category, but generally it is made up of codes, resp arrests, ODs, traumas.
Did I give you too much info?