Early Triage Systems : An Organization Of Sorting Or Classifying Client Into Levels Of Care

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age is classified as the systemic organization of sorting or classifying client into levels of care according to their severity of illness or injury. There are many aspects of triage including the prioritization process, communication and the ethical issues faced by the professionals who carry out these orders. This process is usually associated with mass casualty events but is utilized every day, everywhere in emergency rooms all across the globe (Ignatavicius & Workman, 2013, p. 111). Early triage systems were created for use during warfare, and were based mainly on trauma. The challenge for hospitals and trauma centers since then has been coming up with a system that can manage every angle of trauma, from clinical presentations to critical illness and injury to minor illness and injury (Evolution of triage systems, 2012). With the development of organized medical systems in the western world in the early 1900s, triage utilization began to emerge in emergency departments in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Triage at this time only consisted of a brief clinical assessment that determined the time and sequence in which the patient would be seen, and how limited resources were allotted. If triage was applied in the field, the speed of transport and choice of hospital was often the critical key to survival (Evolution of triage systems, 2012). “The phases of triage have emerged in modern healthcare systems. First, prehospital triage in order to dispatch…
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