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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1991 Aug;9(3):491-505.

Triage in the emergency department.

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Department of Pediatrics, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii.


Accurate patient triage to provide early identification of potentially seriously ill or high-risk infants and children is an important part of any emergency care system. Use of the SAVE-A-CHILD mnemonic in a busy ED setting provides systematic organization of important clinical observations that may serve as markers of serious disease. Early recognition of the high-risk patient will reduce morbidity and mortality. The discussion included may be helpful to emergency physicians in training their staff to provide a safe triage environment.

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