|Title:||Guidelines for nurses performing triage in emergency at non-tertiary hospitals|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0334/11|
|Date of issue:||Friday, 15 July 2011|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||Ensure staff performing triage are appropriately trained and deemed competent to do so and WA facilities ensure that staff are adequately supported to do so.|
|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 nurses performing triage in emergency at non-tertiary hospitals
The policy excludes major disaster situations, mental health services and community services.
Underpinning the approach to patients is the rationale that timely access to definitive care improves patient outcomes. Thus the triage role is central to the efficient and effective operation of the Emergency Department. Furthermore, triage quality is key to ensuring the quality of care provided is commensurate to the clinical need. Staff performing triage must therefore be trained and deemed competent to do so.
A variety of triage 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 staff performing triage are appropriately trained and deemed competent to do so and WA facilities ensure that staff are adequately supported to do so.
The attached guidelines are to be read in conjunction with OD 0333/11.
Mr Kim Snowball
This circular last updated: Monday, 4 May 2015 at 3:11pm