Medical Care - Hospital Care

Triage of ambulatory patients

Triage of ambulatory patients occurs after decontamination and can be initially as basic as symptomatic vs asymptomatic, depending on the exposure. Symptomatic patients can be routed to various treatment areas depending on the extent and level of symptoms while non-ambulatory patients will need evaluation for life and limb threatening conditions as well as decontamination measures. The hospital disaster plan should outline and specify treatment area locations and staffing for triaged patients depending on the necessary type and level of care. Asymptomatic patients may be evaluated and monitored for delayed symptoms in observational areas which may include; cafeterias, auditoriums or waiting rooms. Psychological support, mental health counseling, social work involvement pastoral care and discharge planning may be necessary.

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