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Running head: EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGE 1 Emergency Department Triage Leslie Wright Capella University Nursing Policy, Law, Ethics & Regulations Emergency Department Triage July, 2019
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGE 2 Emergency Department Triage The healthcare setting provides nurses with multiple ethical and moral dilemmas while triaging patients in the Emergency Department (ED). This assignment guides us through decision making based on moral and ethical choices. Healthcare Policies Affecting Care Triaging patients in the emergency department effects patient’s outcomes and survival. The ED nurse makes decisions on quick assessments and small amount of information. The triage nurse decides who will receive attention first. Policies and guidelines direct the nurse in making decisions. Institutions set policies and protocols that direct basic care to critical care. The general policy for triage is: the most life-threatening illness or injury comes first. Triaging is what is the injury or illness? Insurance, finances or demographics do not contribute to who receives priority care. Protocols are a tool to assist nurses in staging care for the patients from non-emergent to critical care. Evidence based practice is utilized to triage patients and effectively assists in categorizing patients of their severity of illness or injury. Health Care Disparities Impact on Treatment Decisions
EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT TRIAGE 3 Race, sex, income, and education are all health care disparities. These disparities impact treatment and care for everyone today. All patients deserve equal and fair treatment regardless of their personal disparities. Unconscious bias happens unintentionally. Unconscious bias refers to

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