Evaluation of the Paediatric Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale in a pediatric ED

Serge Gouin, Jocelyn Gravel, Devendra K. Amre, Sylvie Bergeron

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The aim of this study was to compare the performance of the Paediatric Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (Paed CTAS) to a previous triage tool with respect to the percentage of admissions, the diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, and the mean pediatric risk of admission (PRISA) score in a pediatric tertiary center emergency department. Data were prospectively collected for 4 months before the Paed CTAS introduction (PRE group) and for 4 months after its implementation (Paed CTAS group). Both groups were similar in chief complaints, distribution of triage levels, and mean PRISA score. In the Paed CTAS group, more patients were triaged in the higher acuity levels (53% vs 36%, P < .05), but the percentage of admission for these patients was comparatively lower (13% vs 27%, P < .05). The ability to predict admission was greater for the PRE tool as compared to the Paed CTAS tool (AUC: 0.82 vs 0.69, P = .001). The ability to predict requirements for interventions such as blood culture and intravenous fluid bolus was similar for both triage tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-247
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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