Nurse triage accuracy is at approximately 60 percent – an alarmingly low rate. Reported by written case scenarios and retrospective reviews for multicenter studies.
Accuracy in triage must overcome factors such as bias, environmental conditions, interruptions, experience and time constraints to get 139 million patients (visits, 2017 CDC) to the right care at the right time. The Emergency Severity Index is a five-level, emergency department triage program relied upon by nurses to assess patient acuity based on their presentation in the ED and the expected level of care the patient will require.
Since 1998, the ESI program has been the leading triage resource relied upon by nearly every emergency nurse in the United States to assess patient acuity based on their presentation in the emergency department and the expected level of care they will require and is currently used by approximately 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
“There is no dispute – being able to quickly and accurately triage every person who arrives in the emergency department sets the tone for delivering the best care possible to patients when they need us most.” - ENA President Ron Kraus, MSN, RN, EMT, CEN, ACNS-BC, TCRN
ENA’s commitment to triage extends beyond ESI as it is actively involved in generating original research and developing new education to support improvements in triage and clinical decision making.
Real-time AI notifies triage nurses to anomalies in care that merit a second look. KATE combines clinical expertise and learnings informed by more than 10 billion data points to predict the acuity of emergency triage patients. KATE works within existing workflows and with any EHR.
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ENA offers online courses that help better identify patients who should be seen first while prioritizing the care of patients with less emergent conditions through engaging, interactive modules.
The Emergency Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Unit No. P0232
The Emergency Nurses Association is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2322.