n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Triage - a South African perspective : main topic

Volume 22, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Triage is the process of ordering patients according to medical priority. <br>The overall objective is to do the most good for the most people. <br>Hospital triage involves identifying and preferentially treating life-threatening conditions. <br>Ambulance triage systems include colour-coded and 'priority- based' systems. <br>There is lack of uniformity and continuity in triage processes in South Africa. <br>No definitive triage physiological or algorithmic scoring system is currently in use. <br>A uniform national ambulance and hospital-based system would facilitate triage and treatment.

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