Triage Level 1
Resuscitation

Conditions that are a threat to life requiring immediate aggressive interventions to restore or preserve life.

  • Unresponsive
  • Near respiratory arrest
  • Unconscious
  • Major trauma
  • Shock

Triage Level 2
Emergent

Conditions that are a potential threat to life, limb, or function requiring immediate intervention.

  • Severe respiratory distress
  • Head injury – with altered mental status
  • Chest pain – high cardiac suspicion or trauma
  • Severe trauma, moderate/severe dyspnea

Triage Level 3
Urgent

Conditions that indicate a serious illness or injury requiring intervention. Usually associated with significant distress/discomfort.

  • Asthma – respiratory distress
  • Head injury – no altered mental status
  • Chest pain – high musculoskeletal suspicion
  • Seizure alert on arrival

Triage Level 4
Less Urgent

Conditions presenting as an illness or injury requiring intervention. Intervention can be delayed without harmful consequence.

  • Asthma – mild respiratory distress
  • Chest pain – no distress – no cardiac history
  • Constipation – moderate abdominal distress
  • Minor lacerations
  • Minor infections

Triage Level 5
Non Urgent

Conditions that indicate a minor illness or injury for which intervention could be delayed or deferred indefinitely.

  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Return visits to ER for re-check etc.

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