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See detailAdvanced triage to redirect non-urgent emergency department visits to alternative care centers: the PERSEE algorithm
GILBERT, Allison ULiege; BRASSEUR, Edmond ULiege; PETIT, Meredith ULiege et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2021)

Objectives: Primary care treatable visits in the Emergency Department (ED) are part of the different factors leading to the overcrowding. Their triage and diversion to alternative care centers could ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Primary care treatable visits in the Emergency Department (ED) are part of the different factors leading to the overcrowding. Their triage and diversion to alternative care centers could potentially help manage the increasing inflow provided the establishment of an advanced triage to ensure patients’ safety. We aim to suggest a new triage tool, PERSEE, and prove its feasibility, safety and performance. Methods: All self-referrals presented to the ED were triaged with the PERSEE algorithm: first, patients were classified with a five-level ED acuity scale and then evaluated by algorithms to determine their appropriate category (ED or Primary Care). Patients were eligible for a redirection if they were triaged by the acuity scale as level 3 or lower, considered as ambulatory patients and finally categorized as primary care patients. We defined appropriate redirections as patients requiring less than three emergency resources, no emergency-specific treatment and no hospitalization. Results: During the study, 1999 patients were admitted to the ED. Among those, 1333 patients were self-referred (66.9%) of whom 1167 patients were triaged as level 3 or below (58.6%) and 775 patients triaged as ambulatory (39.0%). Among the 775 patients, 200 patients were categorized as primary care treatable (10.0%) and thereby, as potentially eligible for a redirection. We noticed an error rate of 7%, sensitivity of 24.06% and specificity of 97.6%. The redirection rate reached 15% of the self-referrals. Conclusion: These results indicate that PERSEE triage could lead to a safe redirection and could be an efficient tool to reduce ED crowding provided several adjustments. [less ▲]

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See detailImmersion in an emergency department triage center during the Covid-19 outbreak: first report of the Liège University hospital experience
GILBERT, Allison ULiege; BRASSEUR, Edmond ULiege; PETIT, Meredith ULiege et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2020)

Objectives: Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, different strategies have been explored to stem the spread of the disease and appropriately manage patient flow. Triage, an effective ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Since the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, different strategies have been explored to stem the spread of the disease and appropriately manage patient flow. Triage, an effective solution proposed in disaster medicine, also works well to manage Emergency Department (ED) flow. The aim of this study was to describe the role of an ED Triage Center for patients with suspected novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and character- ize the patient flow. Methods: In March 2020, we established a Covid-19 triage center close to the Liège University EDs. From March 2 to March 23, we planned to analyze the specific flow of patients admitted to this triage zone and their characteristics in terms of inner specificities, work-up and manage- ment. During this period, all patients presented to the ED with symptoms suggestive of Covid- 19 were included in the study. Results: A total amount of 1071 patients presented to the triage center during the study period. 41.50% of the patients presented with flu-like symptoms. In 82.00% of the cases, no risk factor of virus transmission was found. The SARS-Cov2 positive patients represented 29.26% of the screened patients. 83.00% of patients were discharged home while 17.00% were admitted to the hospital. Conclusion: Our experience suggests that triage centers for the assessment and management of Covid-19 suspected patients is an essential key strategy to prevent the spread of the disease among non-symptomatic patients who present to the EDs for care. This allows for a disease- centered work-up and safer diversion of Covid-19 patients to specific hospital units. [less ▲]

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