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Open Access Implementation of a triage score system in an emergency room in Timergara, Pakistan [Short communication]

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Following implementation of the South African Triage Scale (SATS) system in the emergency department (ED) at the District Headquarter Hospital in Timergara, Pakistan, we 1) describe the implementation process, and 2) report on how accurately emergency staff used the system. Of the 370 triage forms evaluated, 320 (86%) were completed without errors, resulting in the correct triage priority being assigned. Fifty completed forms displayed errors, but only 16 (4%) resulted in an incorrect triage priority being assigned. This experience shows that the SATS can be implemented successfully and used accurately by nurses in an ED in Pakistan.
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Keywords: Pakistan; South African Triage Scale; emergency triage

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Médecins Sans Frontières, Islamabad, Pakistan; and Emergency Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 2: Medical Department, Operational Research, Operational Centre Brussels, Médecins Sans Frontières–Luxembourg, Luxembourg 3: Médecins Sans Frontières, Brussels Operational Centre, Brussels, Belgium 4: Médecins Sans Frontières, Islamabad, Pakistan 5: Emergency Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 6: Ministry of Health, Timergara, Lower Dir, Pakistan

Publication date: 21 March 2013

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