EDTCC#4 – ED Systematic Triage Assessment Process™: Step 5-Acuity
1.3 CNE CH
A course series teaching the Systematic Triage Assessment Process™ Step 5: Triage acuity level assignment
How This Course Series Works
This series consists of the following courses:
TFED13 – Systematic Triage Assessment Step 5 – Triage Acuity – 1.3 CNE
Providing instruction regarding the prevention of mistriage, proper assignment of triage levels, and detecting high-risk presentations
Curriculum Description & Purpose:
There is a gap in practice for many triage nurses that is related to a gap in knowledge regarding current valid and reliable acuity scales, and how misunderstanding these scales can result in mistriage and triage drift, leading to an incorrect triage acuity designation.
The purpose of this activity is to:
- Summarize the advantages of a valid and reliable five-level triage acuity scale;
- Discuss the causes of mistriage;
- Discuss the subjective nature of acuity scales;
- Differentiate the elements of the Systematic Triage Assessment Process and their relationships before, during, and after assigning a triage acuity designation;
- Comprehensively define each acuity level and any pediatric-specific considerations;
- Discuss factors associated with triage drift;
- Use a systematic approach to accurately and consistently prioritize patients by assigning triage levels based on clinical presentation, discriminators, criteria, and any applicable algorithm, triage acuity scale, or index;
- Analyze factors that could escalate the triage acuity level;
- Verify the necessity of a triage reassessment policy and identify circumstances that may hinder meeting that policy;
- Distinguish the goals, outcomes, and expectations associated with a valid and reliable five-level triage scale as they relate to all stakeholders.
Course Learner Outcomes
Successful completion of this activity will enable the learner to differentiate between an outdated sick/not sick mentality and justify the use of valid and reliable five-level triage acuity scales. Additionally, the triage nurse can prepare for avoiding mistriage and triage drift.
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.