n South African Medical Journal - Triaging children - keep it simple, swift and safe : editorial

Volume 103, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Triage - or sorting - is a keystone of good emergency practice. Emergencies must be prioritised according to need to avoid unacceptable delays, and for some patients poorer outcomes. Sadly, triage is not practised in many hospitals and health centres in Africa. Nolan undertook a survey of mainly district-level hospitals in seven low-income countries in 2001 and found that triage, and with it much of emergency care, was badly done.

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