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Running head: TRIAGE OF PATIENTS IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT 1Triage of Patients in the Emergency Department, Who Gets Priority?Renee QuinnCapella UniversityPolicy, Law. Ethics and RegulationsMoral Dilemmas and Ethical DecisionsFebruary, 2019
All patients presenting to the Howard County General Hospital (HCGH) Emergency De- partment are rapid-assessed for Airway, Breathing, Circulation and Disability (A B C D), regard- less of mode of arrival (HCGH Triage, 2018). Based upon this assessment, an Emergency Sever- ity Index (ESI) score (AHRQ, n.d.) is assigned to the patient, which dictates the process of treat- ment.

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