Primary mentor

Cosmin Ioan

Backup mentor

Unknown User (mogoodrich)
GSOC studentUnknown User (manikam)

Abstract

As an ED provider, I would like to have tool to triage patients when they enter the Emergency Department. This tool would consist of a series of questions regarding symptoms and vitals signs that would result in a triage categorization of Red, Yellow or Green.

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Objectives

Currently when a patient arrives at the Emergency Department, the nurses fill out a triage form for the patient. There are 3 versions of this form, one for Adults (> 12 years of age), Children (3-12 years) and Infants (0-3 years). The result of this form is a color, either Red (most serious), Orange , Yellow or Green (least serious). These guide the ED as to how quickly the patient needs to be treated.

The form should first identify the patient (either by prompting to search or passed from the page the form was launched from). After this, the form should collect the “Chief Complaint”. This should be a required free-form text box to capture the cause of the emergency room visit.

The result of this form is a color, either Red (most serious), Orange , Yellow or Green (least serious) based on the form input and the business rules. These guide the ED as to how quickly the patient needs to be treated.  

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Milestones


Current Patient Flow for Emergency patients:

  1. Patient is registered in system.  Sometimes a patient may be registered as an “unknown” patient if their name, age, address etc… cannot be obtained.  Either way, the patient is always registered.
  2. Triage nurse fills out paper triage form for every patient. 
  3. Patient paper chart is placed on rack with other charts
  4. Clinicians take patients based on the charts on the rack and their triage color. 
  5. Clinicians examine patient, enter consult note etc...

Desired Flow:

  1. Patient is registered in system in the same way as currently
  2. Triage nurse fills out electronic triage form for every patient. 
  3. Patient is displayed as an entry on electronic triage queue in the EMR 
  4. Clinicians remove patients from the triage queue
  5. Clinicians examine patient, enter consult note etc... using the current process

ED Triage Note

Triage Queue

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