This is a preliminary evaluation required for all walk-in patients that is performed by a specially trained emergency nurse. You will be asked about your symptoms (what brought you to the emergency department), and your temperature, blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate will be measured. You may also have a pulse oximetry reading which is a noninvasive reading of the percentage of oxygen in your blood.
Any open wounds will be inspected and/or a dressing applied. Ice packs will be provided for swelling. You will be taken as quickly as possible to the next available open treatment bed. It is important to understand patients who come to the emergency department are not necessarily seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Triage means “to sort”. This means is that each patient who comes to the emergency department is assessed and the severity of the illness or injury is evaluated as life-threatening or non-life-threatening, threat of loss of limb, and lesser—but still emergency—illnesses. Since patients receive individualized care and service based on their symptoms, there may be a waiting period before they can be evaluated by our board-certified emergency physicians.
We appreciate your patience and will make every effort to see you as quickly as possible. If there will be an extended wait, our nursing leadership team will keep you informed. You will also be re-evaluated periodically by the triage nurse, if needed, until a space becomes available.