Triage in the veterinary emergency room: part 2
Lynn A Jordan
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The triage examination is a rapid assessment of the major organ systems in patients presenting emergently to the veterinarian. Major organ systems that are assessed as part of the primary survey are the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurologic, and urogenital systems. Certain abnormalities in these systems merit immediate further examination for assessment and stabilization. Part 1 of this series discussed common findings on triage of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in veterinary patients. Part 2 will focus on guidelines for triage of the neurologic and urogenital system, as well as other ailments that do not ft into these categories, but which merit immediate veterinary attention. The mentation, gait, and cranial nerves are evaluated to determine neurologic status, and abdominal palpation alerts the examiner to the possibility of urinary obstruction. A thorough primary triage examination can allow the stratification of emergency room patients and allow those in most need to receive rapid, directed care.
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