Reliability and validity of the Toowoomba Adult Trauma Triage Tool: a Queensland, Australia study

Wollaston, Anthony and Fahey, Paul P. and McKay, Michelle and Hegney, Desley and Miller, Peter and Wollaston, James (2004) Reliability and validity of the Toowoomba Adult Trauma Triage Tool: a Queensland, Australia study. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 12 (4). pp. 230-237. ISSN 0965-2302

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Abstract

In Australia a nationally adopted five tiered triage scale called the Australasian triage scale (ATS) is used for the purpose of differentiating patient acuity levels for all patients that present to an emergency department (ED). The scale was formulated with the aim of promoting a standardized approach to triage. Numerous studies now suggest that the ATS has not been successful in achieving this intention. The Toowoomba adult trauma triage tool (TATTT) seeks to address this deficiency by providing an evidence based, reproducible, reliable and valid method of triage categorisation, albeit in a select group of patients. Method: Ten triage nurses from Toowoomba health service (THS) and five from Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland, Australia were enrolled in the study. Each participant rated five written simulations before receiving training in the TATTT. Each participant then rated nine written scenarios, five simulated scenarios on video and one computer simulated scenario with the TATTT. Parallel triaging of actual adult injury based presentations to THS ED was also undertaken.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Copyright 2004 Elsevier. Originally published as Wollaston, Anthony and Fahey, Paul P. and McKay, Michelle and Hegney, Desley and Miller, Peter and Wollaston, James (2004). Reliability and validity of the Toowoomba Adult Trauma Triage Tool: a Queensland, Australia study. Accident and Emergency Nursing, 12 (4), 230-237. ISSN 0965-2302.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:19
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2013 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: triage; Toowoomba Adult Triage Trauma Tool (TATTT); nurses perceptions; computerised decision support systems
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110305 Emergency Medicine
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920203 Diagnostic Methods
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.aaen.2004.07.003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3048

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