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Implementing a triage system in an emergency unit: a literature review

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dc.contributor.author Augustyn, J.E.
dc.contributor.author Hattingh, S.P.
dc.contributor.author Ehlers, V.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-28T17:39:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-28T17:39:36Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.issn 1682 5055
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/7007
dc.description.abstract Wars have laid the foundation on which today's triage is based. Triage is used during disasters, at accident scenes and in the trauma and emergency units of hospitals to sort patients according to the acuity of their injuries/conditions and the type of care they require. Nurses are usually the people who receive the patient first and who assess the priority of the patient's immediate needs. In addition, the nurse also intervenes by taking immediate action to prevent the deterioration of the patient's condition and/or to implement life-saving interventions. Qualified, professional nurses are therefore required. The locations and equipment of the health care facility must suit patients' needs. Triage classification systems provide nurses with the guidelines they need to judge the triaging of patients. The triage system is designed to enable professional emergency personnel to take informed decisions and to reduce mortality and morbidity rates among trauma cases. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Unisa Press en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery;
dc.subject accident and emergency care en
dc.subject Cape Triage Score en
dc.subject casualty incidents en
dc.subject history of triage en
dc.subject the Patients' Rigths Charter en
dc.title Implementing a triage system in an emergency unit: a literature review en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Health Studies en


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