n South African Medical Journal - Triage - keep it simple, swift, safe and scientific : correspondence
|Article Title||Triage - keep it simple, swift, safe and scientific : correspondence|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town, 2 University of Cape Town and 3 University of Cape Town|
|Publication Date||May 2013|
In her editorial, Molyneux joins with the authors of 'An adapted triage tool (ETAT) at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital Medical Emergency Unit, Cape Town: An evaluation'. Their evaluation of ETAT implied that the inclusion of physiological parameters was superfluous and, in the triage of a paediatric patient, was 'time-consuming to perform and, if manually and hastily undertaken, could be incorrect'. Summarily doing away with an entire aspect of medical evaluation has a sense of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. There can be no question regarding the value of physiological measures in the assessment of acuity.
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