Emergency Severity Index Copyright Notice
The Emergency Severity Index Version 4 Triage Algorithm (the “Algorithm”) is the intellectual property of The ESI Triage Research Team, LLC (the “Author”). The Author has applied for copyright with the United States Copyright Office. The Algorithm is the sole and exclusive property of the Author, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a license to use and disseminate the two works derived from this algorithm: the training two-DVD set (“Emergency Severity Index Version 4: Everything You Need to Know”) and the imlementation handbook (“Emergency Severity Index Version 4: Implementation Handbook”). The Author hereby assures physicians and nurses that use of the Algorithm as explained in these two works by health care professionals or physicians and nurses in their practices is permitted. Each professional user of these two works is granted a royalty-free, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the Algorithm in accordance with the guidance in these two works.
The Algorithm may not be changed in any way by any user. The algorithm and the contents of the DVD set and implementation handbook may be incorporated into additional training materials developed by a user, on the condition that no fee is charged by the user for the Algorithm, the contents of these two works, or the additional training materials.
The Algorithm has been rigorously tested and found to be both reliable and valid, as described in the research references included in these two works. However, the Author and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality require that the implementation and use of the Algorithm be conducted and completed in accordance with the contents of these two works using the professional judgement of authorized physicians or nurses and staff directed and supervised by them. Each health care professional who decides to use this algorithm for emergency triage purposes does so on the basis of that health care provider’s professional judgment with respect to the particular pateint that the provider is caring for. The Author and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality disclaim any and all liability for adverse consequences or for damages that may arise out of or be related to the professional use of the Algorithm by others, including, but not limited to, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary, or consequential damages, as further set forth below.
The Author and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality have made a good faith effort to take all reasonable measures to make these two works accurate, up-to-date, and free of material errors in accord with clinical standards accepted at the time of publication. Users of these two works are encouraged to use the contents for improvement of the delivery of emergency health care. Any practice described in these two works should be applied by health care practitioners in accordance with professional judgment and standards of care used in regard to the unique circumstances that may apply in each situation they encounter. The Author and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality cannot be responsible for any adverse consequences arising from the independent application by individual professionals of the materials in these two works to particular circumstances encountered in their practices.