Triage Fundamentals: Emergency Severity Index (ESI)

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Triage Fundamentals: Emergency Severity Index (ESI)

April 16, 2024

Triage Fundamentals: Emergency Severity Index (ESI)

The emergency severity index, or ESI, is meant to swiftly triage patients based on urgency and resource needs. In this episode emergency nurse, Kevin MacFarlane, shares his techniques for determining ESI scores, from identifying true level one resuscitation cases to non-urgent level five medication refills. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of how ESI goes beyond just categorizing medical emergencies to account for quality of life impacts. Kevin also offers a glimpse into the future role of AI in revolutionizing triage protocols – a must-listen for any nurse committed to providing the right care at the right time.

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