Order of Urgency – Triage
In the Emergency Room, the patients are treated based on their order of urgency, in the triage order. When you check in, an experienced nurse evaluates your need for treatment by using a Triage System, which bases on the physicians' orders.
We always treat emergency patients first.
Triage A and B = Danger of life or imminent danger of life
A = Treatment starts immediately.
B = Treatment starts within 15–30 minutes.
This category includes for example unconscious patients, severe poisonings, sudden severe chest pains, foreign body aspirations, severely ill children, current paralysis symptoms, big heavily bleeding wounds, abundant hematemesis, severe sudden headache, and open fractures.
Triage C and D = Need for emergency care but no imminent danger to health and functioning
C = Treatment starts within 2 hours.
D = Treatment starts within 3 hours.
This category includes for example patients with abdominal pain and good general health, fractures requiring emergency treatment, patients with chest pains and no changes in EKG examination, dizziness patients with good general health, and patients with dyspnoea and normal oxygenation.
Triage E = No need for emergency care
It is not necessary to treat all ailments in emergency duty, especially not in the night emergency duty. If your ailment is classified into this group based on an evaluation, the nurse guides you to the most appropriate health care service and, if needed, counsels you based on your symptoms. However, if you want to stay and see the doctor, you will be examined if possible before 8.00 o'clock in the morning.
This category includes for example prescription renewals, health examinations, long-time back pains, or musculoskeletal pains with no remarkable exacerbation.