EDTCC#5 – ED Systematic Triage Assessment Process™: Steps 6-7

1.8 CNE CH

A course series that teaches the Systematic Triage Assessment Process™ Steps 6-7: nurse-initiated interventions, reassessment, and the art and science of sorting.

Expiration date – 09/15/2022 (Seats purchased will remain open for access. Course updated every two years. )


How This Course Series Works

This series consists of the following courses: 

TFED15 – Systematic Triage Assessment Process – Step 6 – Nurse-Initiated Interventions – 0.8 CNE
A guide to applying common nurse practice acts, first-aid, and use of protocols, standing orders and more

Course Description and Purpose

A professional practice gap is noted in the area of advanced triage protocols and some triage nursing interventions. Triage nurses can improve their practice with additional knowledge of evidence-based best practices surrounding nurse-initiated interventions and by using advanced triage protocols in a consistent manner.

When nurses with less experience are placed in the triage role, written guidelines help level the playing field and ensure consistency in practice among all nurses, as well as non-licensed personnel who may be assisting with implementing procedures. Written guidelines help maintain and even improve triage nurses’ autonomy.

The purpose of this activity is to:

  1. Define appropriate nurse-initiated interventions for multiple complaints;
  2. Examine broad and narrow definitions of advanced triage protocols, in addition to their development and usage parameters.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to practice appropriate nurse-initiated interventions and justify the value and safe use of triage protocols, as well as be involved in the collaborative development of advanced triage protocols.

TFED16 – Systematic Triage Assessment Process – Step 7 Reassessment – 0.5 CNE CH
Explores the policy and practice of this critical step in the triage process

Course Description and Purpose

An opportunity for improvement exists for triage nurses as they reassess patients who must wait in the ED. This opportunity is related to a gap in knowledge: the triage nurse must ensure that the patients for whom they are responsible (patients in the waiting room) are reassessed according to specific triage acuity scale objectives and the reassessment policy. Adverse outcomes occur in waiting areas when patients are not reassessed appropriately and in a timely manner.

The purpose of this activity is to:

Demonstrate triage reassessment parameters and their consistent application and documentation.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to apply the Systematic Triage Assessment process and consistently and safely reevaluate patients who must wait for treatment.

TFED17 – The Art and Science of Sorting – Multiple Case Presentations – 0.5 CNE CH
Refines the prioritization of multiple simultaneous arrivals

Course Description and Purpose

There is an opportunity for improvement in practice as triage nurses assess and prioritize multiple patients simultaneously. This opportunity is related to a gap in knowledge. This course is primarily intended as an opportunity to work through the triage process when multiple patients arrive simultaneously. This exercise reinforces the concept that most patients can be triaged within 90 seconds for a rapid triage assessment and within 2-3 minutes for a comprehensive triage assessment, when beds or care providers are not available or while waiting for a bed to be cleaned or made open.

The purpose of this activity is to:

Demonstrate the ability to safely manage multiple patients arriving to triage simultaneously or in quick succession, using a comprehensive, systematic, evidence-based approach.

Course Learner Outcomes

Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to properly prioritize multiple patients arriving simultaneously in preparation for both rapid and comprehensive triage assessments.

To receive continuing nurse education contact hours certificate, the learner must complete all lessons and components of each course, complete the attestation and evaluation forms, and pass the exam with an 75% minimum pass rate.

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