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A comparison of adherence to correctly documented triage level of critically ill patients between emergency department and the ambulance service nurses
University of Borås, School of Health Sciences, Borås, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT.
2013 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, Vol. 21, no 3, 204-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Priority or triage has always occurred in emergency care. Today it is performed by both nurses in emergency departments (EDs) and ambulance services (ASs) to ensure patient safety. Recent studies have shown that nurses are unlikely to change their first impressions and patients suffering from blunt trauma are undertriaged. Our study aimed to compare and evaluate the adherence to correct triage level documentation, between nurses in the ED and the AS, according to current regulations. Of 592 analysed triage records from a university, a central and a district hospital, the adherence was 64% by ED nurses and 43% by AS nurses (p<0.001), but individual percentages ranged from 27% to 88%. Patient safety is jeopardised when nurses do not adhere to the triage system and do not correctly document the triage level. Internal feedback and control are two approaches to improve the patient outcome, indicating that organisational actions must be taken.

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2013. Vol. 21, no 3, 204-209 p.
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Adherence, Emergency care, Pre-hospital care, Triage
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19889DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2012.07.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-19889DiVA: diva2:572477
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2012-11-27 Last updated: 2013-08-28Bibliographically approved

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