This document was published more than 2 years ago. The nature of the evidence may have changed.
This report uses the term triage in referring to systematic categorisation of emergency department (ED) patients according to their level of medical urgency, i.e., how quickly patients need to receive care based on their medical condition.
Flow processes refer to various means used to organise the work of processing patients in the ED, with the aim of speeding up patient throughput.
The report compiles findings from studies of patients that visited the ED, regardless of severity level. Hence, the effects of triage scales and/or flow processes on disease course and survival of specific diagnostic groups cannot be determined.
How to cite this report: SBU. Triage methods and patient flow processing at emergency departments. Stockholm: Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU); 2010. SBU report no 197 (in Swedish).
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