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Specializes in ED, Critical care, & Education.

What would be important in a quick access triage reference guide?

  1. 1. What would be important in a quick access triage reference guide?

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      Acuity level definitions
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      Acuity level examples for levels 1-5
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      Red flag findings for each body system
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      Spanish translation tools
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      Disaster/active shooter resources and algorithms

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I would like to know if you were to design a quick access resource guide for your facility (for use at triage), what types of resources would you want in it?

I'm setting up a poll to find out what would be most valuable, but please suggest other ideas. Please select one that would be the most valuable.

Please share your thoughts of anything else you would find helpful. Any and all ideas are greatly appreciated!!!

Edited by tnbutterfly

ESI has an easy to follow algorithm that I occasionally have to look up at (mostly for differentiating 4s and 5s), e.g. what is and isn't a "resource".

Trauma activation (or transfer) criteria are important.

And qSOFA.

Red flags for each body system would end up being exhaustive because then every nurse would have to know when to be worried about Ludwig's or mastoiditis.

Lev, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency - CEN. Has 7 years experience.

I think every ED should have a copy of the ESI implementation handbook from the AHRQ. It can be purchased on the website for $3 here or sections can be downloaded here

NurseHeart&Soul, MSN

Specializes in ED, Critical care, & Education.

ESI has an easy to follow algorithm that I occasionally have to look up at (mostly for differentiating 4s and 5s), e.g. what is and isn't a "resource".

Trauma activation (or transfer) criteria are important.

And qSOFA.

Red flags for each body system would end up being exhaustive because then every nurse would have to know when to be worried about Ludwig's or mastoiditis.

Thank you for your insight. Remembering resources is a challenge for so many!

NurseHeart&Soul, MSN

Specializes in ED, Critical care, & Education.

I think every ED should have a copy of the ESI implementation handbook from the AHRQ. It can be purchased on the website for $3 here or sections can be downloaded here

For facilities that use ESI I couldn't agree more. The ESI handbook is an extremely valuable resource. Thank you for pointing this out. It is unfortunate that we still don't have a universal triage system. So many nurses are not even familiar with what type of triage acuity leveling system they use. It makes you wonder if they even have a designated system...?

NurseHeart&Soul, MSN

Specializes in ED, Critical care, & Education.

Comments from anyone else? Any other resources that you use within the ED that may be helpful in the triage environment?