Physician Triage in the ED


Having physicians conduct triage in the ED appears to lead to earlier evaluations, physicians orders, and disposition decisions when compared with non-physician triage. A 2-year before-and- after analysis found statistically significant, average time decreases in the following domains:

Disposition decision (6 minutes).
Physician evaluation (16 minutes).
Analgesia (70 minutes).
Antiemetic administration (66 minutes).
Antibiotic administration (36 minutes).
Radiology orders (16 minutes).

Abstract: Journal of Emergency Medicine, March 26, 2012 (online).

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