n South African Medical Journal - Triage - keep it simple, swift, safe and scientific : correspondence

Volume 103, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



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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