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ED triage education and consulting tailored to your exact needs! Need a triage course solution, looking for triage information, or require point of entry process improvement for your hospital emergency department? Triage First, Inc. meets challenges and exceeds expectations according to our clients.
Tight budget? We tailor ED triage education and consulting services based on need and expectation. Did you know that Triage First was instrumental in developing and sustaining the momentum for the national implementation and standardization of a five-level triage acuity scale? That’s right. We were addressing the need for a five-level acuity scale years before our principal consultant, Rebecca McNair, was asked to become a member of the ENA / American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Triage Task Force. Since 1997, Triage First has educated thousands of health-care team members including physicians, licensed independent practitioners, nurses, paramedics, and EMTs, as well as unlicensed members of organizational teams (65,000+ courses taught).
Best-selling courses find missing pieces. “Triage is a process, not a place.” (Rebecca McNair, President, Triage First, Inc. Circa 2004.) Remember: A triage scale (whether it be ESI or CTAS) is but one piece of the puzzle. Our triage courses instruct learners on how to use the triage scale of your choice and how to implement it as a tool in all the processes that envelope the triage position – think advanced protocols, reassessments, risk, patient satisfaction, patient flow, hospital and federal mandates, and the list goes on.
The ED Triage Comprehensive Curriculum™ addresses every facet and function of emergency department triage with an evidence-based, best practice, systematic approach. The Curriculum consists of nine course series, with their respective courses:
ED Triage Foundation
Triage Curriculum Introduction
Triage Concepts and Competency
Triage Legal Concerns – Risk Management
HIPAA and EMTALA for Triage Nurses
ED Triage Role Management and Decision-making Strategies
Patient Flow and Communication Strategies
TIGER – Self Awareness and Professional Health
Triage Critical Thinking Skills
ED Systematic Triage Assessment Process: Steps 1-4
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 1 – The Critical Look
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 2 – Chief Complaint & Considering WCS
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 3 – Rapid Triage and Immediate Bedding
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 4 – Comprehensive Triage Assessment
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 4 – Developing Focused Assessments
ED Systematic Triage Assessment Process: Step 5 – Acuity
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 5 – Triage Acuity 1.3
Maternal fetal Triage Index Introduction 0.5
Using the Emergency Severity Index (OR Using the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale)
ED Systematic Triage Assessment Process: Steps 6-7
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 6 – Nurse-Initiated Interventions
Systematic Triage Assessment Step 7 – Reassessment
The Art and Science of Sorting – Multiple Case Presentations
ED Triage Clinical Readiness – Population Specific
Triage Clinical Readiness – Age-Related
Triage Clinical Readiness – Psychiatric
Triage Clinical Readiness – Victims of Abuse
ED Triage Clinical Readiness – Body System Illness and Injuries
Triage Clinical Readiness – Unit I (abdomen back and extremities)
Triage Clinical Readiness – Unit II (head neck and chest)
Triage Clinical Readiness – Unit III (environmental toxicological and body systems)
Emergency Response Plan and Curriculum Applications
Triage Clinical Readiness – Emergency Response Plan
Curriculum Applications and Conclusion
And if those aren’t enough ED triage courses, we offer yearly Continuing Competency Scenarios, all constructed from actual patient presentations and charts.
Our bench is your team-building strength. Most Triage First consultants and educational content providers hold advanced nursing, education, and health-care administration degrees, all specializing in triage and point-of-entry processes. Partner with us to move your triage and point-of-entry processes forward, and we will honor our commitment to excellent patient outcomes. Inquire here.
Triage First’s mission is to help healthcare professionals and staff develop a consistent, compassionate, safe, and healthy approach from which to practice, and to provide them with the tools necessary to understand the conceptual and clinical aspects of care. Our goal is to give the gift of experience and knowledge to practitioners in these stressful arenas so that we are able to care for the patient and for one another. With the changes in healthcare and the demands placed upon us as clinicians and managers, we strive to elevate the level of understanding about the dynamics that impact the health-care environment, as well as the cohesiveness and strength of character of the institution. Does your facility’s environment seem like an unhealthy place at times? As practitioners, we know that we need a nurturing, healthy place to survive the inherent stressors of our practice and to be able to provide excellent, clinically expert, and compassionate nursing care.