‘Nonurgent’ ED patients might still end up being hospitalized

From Reuters:

Patients assigned a “nonurgent” status on arrival in the emergency room might still be sick enough to be hospitalized, a new study shows.

Patients deemed by triage nurses to be “nonurgent” often receive diagnostic services and procedures, and some are even admitted to critical care units, researchers found.

Triage was never intended to completely rule out severe illness, only to give patients an estimate of how long they may have to wait to see a doctor, the researchers note.

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