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Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition

Figure 2-1a. ESI Triage Algorithm

Figure 2-1a. ESI Triage Algorithm

This figure illustrates the ESI Triage Algorithm and its four decision points, top to bottom: A. 'Requires immediate life-saving intervention?' If yes, an arrow points to the number 1 (for triage level 1). If no, the arrow points down to the next box, B. 'High risk situation? Or 'confused/lethargic/disoriented?' Or 'Severe pain /distress.' If yes, the arrow points to the number 2 (for triage level 2). If no, the arrow points to the next box, C. How many different resources are needed? If the reader chooses 'none,' the arrow points to the number 5 (for triage level 5). If the reader chooses 'one,' an arrow points to the number 4 (for triage level 4). If the reader chooses 'many,' the arrow points to the next box, D. 'Danger zone vitals?' If the reader chooses no, an arrow points to the number 3(for triage level 3). If the reader chooses yes, the arrow (labeled 'consider') points to the number 2 (for triage level 2).

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Internet Citation: Emergency Severity Index (ESI) Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition: Figure 2-1a. ESI Triage Algorithm. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/systems/hospital/esi/esifig21a.html