|Title:||Guidelines for referral of patients for medical review by medical officers or emergency nurse practitioners from triage at non-tertiary hospitals|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0333/11|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 15 July 2011|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Ensure that patients are treated in the order of clinical urgency with the efficient and effective allocation of clinical resources in the Emergency Department.|
|Framework:||Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 24 May 2011 to 24 May 2021|
|Review date:||24 May 2016|
|Authorised by:||Mr Kim Snowball, Director General, Department of Health WA, 04-Jul-2011|
|Print version:||View print version|
Guidelines for referral of patients for medical review by medical officers or emergency nurse practitioners from triage at non-tertiary hospitals
This policy applies to all WA public non-tertiary hospitals providing emergency services without 24 hour medical cover.
The policy excludes major disaster situations, community mental health services and community services.
WA Health bears a responsibility for the management of patients within its health care facilities. Triage is the first point of contact for any patient presenting to the Emergency Department. It aims to ensure that patients are treated in the order of clinical urgency and is central to the efficient and effective allocation of clinical resources in the Emergency Department. Furthermore, quality triage ensures the level of care provided is commensurate to the clinical need.
A variety of triage systems and training resources are available (outlined at close of policy). This circular does not attempt to re-state or capture these. The aim of this circular is to ensure that patients who merit medical review are thus identified and managed accordingly.
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015 at 3:11pm