Flashcards in Intro Deck (10):
What is the gold standard in EM?
- Management of disease, not just dx
What is EMTALA?
- Emergency Medical Tx and Labor Act
- law that reqrs that anyone coming in to ED be tx and stabilized regardless of insurance or ability to pay
Diff types of Disaster triage?
- immediate: life threat that is easily addressed
- delayed: pt can wait w/o risk
- minimal: pt rqrs little intervention
- expectant: pt will likely die w/o major intervention or will likely die regardless of intervention
Components of routine ED triage?
- usually performd by nursing staff
- define and classify urgency based on complaint and presentation
- ensure pt safety
- facilitate care and flow through ED
- satisfy legal requirements for screening
5 levels of rating pts in ED?
- immediate (level 1)
- very urgent (level 2)
- urgent (level 3)
- semi-urgent (level 4)
- non-urgent (level 5)
Immediate (level 1) rating?
- complaint or condition reqrs immediate assessment and intervention
- any delay represents an unacceptable risk
Very urgent (level 2) rating?
- complaint or condition that requires assessment and intervention w/in 10 min
Urgent (level 3) rating?
- complaint or condition reqr assessment and intervention w/in 30-60 min
severely painful conditions
mult organ system involvement
abnormal, non-emergent screening vital sign or test
Semi-urgent (level 4) rating?
- complaint or condition reqr assessment and intervention w/in 1-2 hrs
long bone fxs
dislocations w/o neurovasc compromise