A Triage Tool for Emergency Department Care
DVDs and 2012 Edition of the Implementation Handbook
The Emergency Severity Index (ESI) is a five-level emergency department (ED) triage algorithm that provides clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from 1 (most urgent) to 5 (least urgent) on the basis of acuity and resource needs. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) funded initial work on the ESI.
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ESI Training and Background
The set of two DVDs, entitled Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Everything You Need To Know, and the companion Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition, are essential resources for ensuring that your emergency department staff are well-trained in using ESI.
The DVDs contain lectures and practice cases as well as written materials that can be viewed or downloaded from your PC or Mac®.
The 2012 edition of the Implementation Handbook, which can be used alone or with the DVDs, discusses the ESI and the research behind it. The handbook also includes information on:
- Pediatric triage—new with this edition.
- Frequently asked questions.
- Additional practice cases.
- Full-page and pocket-sized versions of the ESI Version 4 Algorithm that emergency department personnel can cut out and refer to as needed.
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Where To Obtain Copies of the DVDs and Handbook
The DVD set, Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Everything You Need To Know, (AHRQ Publication No. 05-0046-DVD) and print copies of the spiral-bound Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition (AHRQ Publication No. 12-0014) can be obtained by contacting:
AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse
You may request 1 free copy of both the DVD set and the Implementation Handbook.
Where To Obtain Additional Information
For ESI Version 4 algorithm content and research-related questions, please E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about ESI training, go to: http://www.esitriage.org/.
For more information about the AHRQ program that supported the development of these products, please E-mail: Kendall.Hall@ahrq.hhs.gov.
To receive copies of the DVDs and Handbook, please contact the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse directly. See "Where To Obtain Copies of the DVDs and Handbook," above.
AHRQ Publication No. 12-0014
Current as of February 2013
Gilboy N, Tanabe P, Travers DA, Rosenau AM, Eitel DR. Emergency Severity Index, Version 4: Implementation Handbook. AHRQ Publication No. 12-0014, December 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/esi/