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Research project  |  Prof. dr. H.A. Moll


Status: Ongoing

Triage identifies the most urgent patients in emergency departments and ensures that patients who need immediate medical attention are timely treated.

What we do

About our project

Background information 

Previous studies have shown that delayed recognition and treatment of potential life threatening diseases has disastrous consequences, particularly for the most vulnerable patient group: children
An effective and safe triage method will improve health outcomes and quality of care.

Overall aim 

The overall aim of the TrIAGE project is to establish and validate an optimal emergency room triage method for children. 

  • to improve and modify the Manchester triage system
  • to develop and validate vital  sign based triage
  • to disseminate the project outcome to relevant audiences

Research method

Design: a prospective observational study of a large cohort of children (N=100,000) visiting one of fiveemergency departments in four European countries (UK, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands). Routinely recorded patient data will be automatically extracted from electronic medical records. Data harmonization and quality checks have already been performed. We included all consecutive children younger than 16 years visiting one of the emergency departments during a study period of 9-36 months (2012-2014).

Desirable outcome

The ultimate goal is to develop a safe and efficient triage method for children. Targeted modifications at flowchart level will have the largest impact in improving the triage outcome.