The Prioritization of Outpatients by Nurses Using the Manchester Triage System: A Case Analysis in An Austrian Accident Hospital

Authors

  • Marco Haid
  • Peter Heimerl
  • Bettina Tossmann
  • Elisabeth Nöhammer

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i3.3016

Keywords:

Triage, Primary assessment, Outpatient management, Emergency service

Abstract

Background: Increasing workload in hospitals calls for professional prioritization regarding treatment
urgency. The introduction of a triage system can offer assistance but requires experience and training.
Objective: This study investigates whether, in the initial assessment procedure in an emergency department
for trauma surgery, nurses (a) assess urgency following the triage systems’ rules and (b) apply these correctly
so subsequent medical diagnoses can be adequately performed.
Methods: We evaluated 5,975 patient data records regarding urgency ratings given in initial nursing
assessments and respective waiting times. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and nonparametric
test procedures to investigate significant differences.
Results: The results show that in 91% of cases, the waiting times reflect the urgency ratings given by the
first-assessing nurses. In addition, ratings of 5,863 cases (98%) corresponded to later medical diagnoses.
Conclusions: Initial assessments using the Manchester triage system is done very accurately and supports
the treatment process structure. In addition, it can increase patient satisfaction and safety.

Author Biographies

Marco Haid

Assistant Professor; Division for Management in Health and Sport Tourism; University for Health Sciences,
Medical Informatics and Technology (UMIT) Hall, Austria

Peter Heimerl

Professor; Head of Division of Management in Health- and Sporttourism at University UMIT in Hall

Bettina Tossmann

Administrative Employee, Office management; Emergency hospital Linz, Austria

Elisabeth Nöhammer

Assistant Professor; Institute for Management and Economics in Healthcare, UMIT Tirol –
Private University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Hall i. T., Austria

Published

2021-06-03

How to Cite

Haid, M. ., Heimerl, P. ., Tossmann, B. ., & Nöhammer, E. . (2021). The Prioritization of Outpatients by Nurses Using the Manchester Triage System: A Case Analysis in An Austrian Accident Hospital. Medico Legal Update, 21(3), 380-385. https://doi.org/10.37506/mlu.v21i3.3016

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