Khalid Yousif, MBChB, Registrar; Jane Bebbington, Rcomp.N, MHSc(hons), Nurse Educator; Bernard Foley, FACEM, Emergency Physician.
Impact on patients triage distribution utilizing the Australasian Triage Scale compared with its predecessor the National Triage Scale
Article first published online: 1 NOV 2005
Emergency Medicine Australasia
Volume 17, Issue 5-6, pages 429–433, October 2005
How to Cite
Yousif, K., Bebbington, J. and Foley, B. (2005), Impact on patients triage distribution utilizing the Australasian Triage Scale compared with its predecessor the National Triage Scale. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 17: 429–433. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-6723.2005.00773.x
- Issue published online: 1 NOV 2005
- Article first published online: 1 NOV 2005
- Accepted 17 March 2005
- Australasian Triage Scale;
- National Triage Scale;
- performance indicators;
Objective To assess the impact of the change from the National Triage Scale (NTS) to the Australasian Triage Scale (ATS) within a hospital ED.
Methods A retrospective audit of consecutive adult patients attending the ED of Auckland Hospital from July to September 2001, during which patients were triaged according to the NTS, were compared with patients triaged according to the ATS during July to September 2002.
Results In total, 8715 patients attended the department during July to September 2001 compared with 9047 patients during July to September 2002. There was a significant shift in the triage ratios with patient number increases of 28 and 24% in triage categories two and three, respectively, and decreases of 15 and 67% in categories four and five, respectively.
Conclusions The revision of the ATS has had a significant impact on the triage distribution of patients who present to ED. The change of distribution might have implications for meeting performance criteria and assessing casemix.