Adherence with the pre-hospital triage protocol in the transport of injured patients in an urban setting
Fitzharris M et al. – Based on the post hoc evaluation of triage status, adherence to the triage protocol was 74%. Analysis of patient destinations for protocol non–adherence appears to indicate that paramedic interpretation and discretion played a role in determining hospital choice. There was a marginal time difference between those transported to protocol adherent and non–adherent destinations. Future research needs to determine whether deviations from protocol are associated with differential mortality.