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Emergency Triage: Assess & Intervene

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Course Description

This intense one-day review will cover one of the most critical assignments for the ED nurse: triage. This program will review gathering a patient’s history, assessment skills and critical thinking. This course is designed to provide participants with a review of systems and discuss common emergencies for each system. Interactive triage case studies will challenge even the most seasoned nurses.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the benefits of a 5-level triage system.
  • Assign the appropriate triage category to common ED presentations.
  • Describe resources needed for a variety of patient complaints.
  • Describe age-appropriate differences when triaging pediatric and geriatric populations.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Goals and Guidelines for Triage
    History of Triage | Regulatory Considerations | Medical Screening | Types of Triage
  • 5-Level Triage
    ESI | CTC-Canada | Manchester-United Kingdom | Australasion Triage Scale (ATS)
  • The Triage Process
    Components | Quick Look Assessment | Patient History | Focused Physical Assessment | Red Flags | 
    Interventions | Resource Utilization
  • Triaging Respiratory Complaints
    Respiratory Assessment | Respiratory History | Difficulty Breathing
  • Triaging Cardiac Complaints
    Cardiac Assessment | Cardiac History | Chest Pain | ECG Changes | Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain
  • Triaging Abdominal Complaints
    Complaints by Quadrants | Separating the B’s From the C’s
  • Triaging Neurological Complaints
    Stroke | Seizures | Head Trauma | LOC | Headaches
  • Triaging EENT Complaints
    Ocular | Nasal | Dental | Facial | Throat/Neck Complaints
  • Triaging Ortho/Integumentary Complaints
    Wounds | Ortho Injuries | Non-Traumatic Extremity Pain | Bites/Stings | Back Pain
  • Triaging Psychiatric Complaints
    Alcohol and Drug Use | Altered Mental Status | Confusion | Depression | Suicidal Behavior/Ideation
  • Specific Patient Populations
    Pediatric | Geriatric | Obstetric | Domestic Violence | Non-Accidental Trauma
  • ESI Triage Process
    You Make the Call | Triage Case Studies
  • Questions, Wrap-Up and Evaluation