Improving the prioritization of children at the emergency department: Updating the Manchester Triage System using vital signs

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From: PLoS ONE(Vol. 16, Issue 2)
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Document Type: Report
Length: 5,591 words
Lexile Measure: 1470L

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Background Vital signs are used in emergency care settings in the first assessment of children to identify those that need immediate attention. We aimed to develop and validate vital sign based Manchester Triage System (MTS) discriminators to improve triage of children at the emergency department. Methods and findings The TrIAGE project is a prospective observational study based on electronic health record data from five European EDs (Netherlands (n = 2), United Kingdom, Austria, and Portugal). In the current study, we included 117,438 consecutive children Conclusions Six new discriminators based on vital signs lead to a small but relevant increase in performance and should be implemented in the MTS.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A651257494