Emergency Severity Index (ESI): A Triage Tool for Emergency Departments
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.
ESI Training Materials
The ESI materials, including four recorded lectures, 26 practice case videos, and an implementation handbook, are essential resources for ensuring that your emergency department staff are well trained in using ESI. The materials were previously available on DVD, so users who already have the DVD set do not need to replace any files. Users who got the DVD set before the handbook was updated in 2012 may want to download the newer version.
- Instructions for Using Training Materials
- Emergency Severity Index Implementation Handbook, 2012 Edition (PDF File, 1.3 MB): The Implementation Handbook discusses the ESI and the research behind it. The handbook also includes information on:
- Pediatric triage.
- 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.
- Handbook Author Biographies
Where To Obtain Additional Information
For more information about the AHRQ program that supported the development of these products, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videos of the 26 practice cases are available on YouTube:
- Pediatric Sprained Ankle - also includes introductory information
- Respiratory Distress
- Lump on Back
- Lower Abdominal Pain With Vaginal Bleeding
- Urinary Retention
- Dislocated Shoulder
- Elderly Patient With Pneumonia
- Infected Wound
- Alcoholic With Head Injury
- Weak Male With Chronic Renal Failure
- Pediatric Trauma
- Post Arrest
- Poison Ivy
- Possible Myocardial Infarction
- Epigastric Area Pressure
- Suicidal Ideation
- Weak and Dizzy
- Pediatric Fever
- Asthmatic Teen
- Urinary Tract Infection
Page originally created September 2012