Triage Incident Analysis

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The focus of this reflection is on pedestrian injuries from motor vehicle accidents and the public hospital system’s treatment response. This is important as though the rates incidents involving pedestrians have fallen, the number of pedestrian injures are still high with, 15% of people seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents from 2001 to 2010 being pedestrians (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015).

This reflection highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian health care system experienced by a participant, whose reflections were gathered through an interview.

The Participant’s Experience

The Incident

The participant is a 19-year-old female. She is a native English speaker of Caucasian background who is in full time employment. The participant has had one …show more content…


Triage Procedure

The participant’s condition was prioritised and given immediate attention, a process that is referred to as triage. Triage is defined as “the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decided the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties” (Oxford Dictionary of English, 2010).

Triage is vital in vital in large-scale medical facilities, like the public hospital where the participant was treated. Not only is triage effective from a physical care perspective, but also the immediate care from health professionals can provide a sense of security to the patient.

The correct implementation of triage, and the swift following of policies and procedures is a strength highlighted by the participant’s experience in the Australian health care system.

Protocol for Spinal Injury

Upon admission the participant was placed in a neck brace. The purpose of the neck brace is to protect the spine and prevent any additional injuries

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