COVID-19: Rapid Application of Technology for Emergency Department Tele-Triage

From ACEP – PDF (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Telehealth has emerged as an opportunity to address serious challenges faced by the highly contagious COVID-19. Emergency physicians are urgently considering options for tele-triage as one solution to reduce risk of infection, reduce PPE use and enable staff in self-quarantine to continue duties. Telehealth is perhaps the ultimate form of  electronic” Personal Protective Equipment (ePPE). Several have promoted telehealth as an alternative to face-to-face healthcare interactions to reduce in-person healthcare visits and prevent viral transmission within healthcare facilities. Tele-triage has been shown to “provide a safe and efficient alternative to in- person screening of patients while allowing a comparable level of efficiency, decreasing rates of Left Without Being Seen (LWBS) and providing greater flexibility in the provider’s schedules.”

 

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