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The effect of triage training on the performance of triage nurses and emergency medical staff of Iranshahr

Authors: Mohammad Ebrahimi, Nezar Ghanbarzehi, Zaytoon Ghanbarzahi Gorgich, Fatemeh Darbanand Fatemeh shirzadi

Int J Med Res Health Sci.190-196 | pdf PDF Full Text

One of the important concepts of management and decision making in emergency conditions is triage that is used
continuously by nurses and technicians of medical emergencies, so training triage to the above groups is regarded
among the essential issues. This study was performed aiming to investigate the impact of training triage on the
performance of triage nurses and the staff of medical emergencies. In this semi-experimental study 35 triage nurses
and technicians of medical emergencies were studied as pretest and posttest. The sample size of patients was 78
people. The tools included demographic form and triage form as Emergency Severity Index (ESI) method. The data
was analyzed by using SPSS software version 16. The findings indicated positive impact of training triage on the
performance of nurses and the staff of medical emergencies. Before the intervention, the triage nurses and the staff
of medical emergencies triaged properly the patient, as 33 (42.3%), and 28 (35.9%) respectively, that after the study
this figure for the triage nurses and the staff of medical emergencies increased to 72 (92.3%), and 60 (76.9%)
respectively, indicating significant difference (P<0.001). The findings showed that training triage has impacted on
the performance of triage nurses and the staff of medical emergencies. Regarding the results of this research and the
importance of triage, the development of triage training courses is suggested.

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