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Overtriage and undertriage in a prehospital system over 7 years
Critical Care volume 17, Article number: P276 (2013)
The Novara 118 emergency medical system (EMS) dispatch center manages medical emergency calls coming from a region that spreads out over 1,400 km2 and includes 88 towns and a population of 385,000 people; inhabitant density is 275 inhabitants/km2.
Data collection from 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2011 was obtained (EMS software SaveOnLine® Suite 4; REGOLA s.r.l., Turin, Italy). Triage used was the Medical Priority Dispatch System and severity was defined by color codes.
Overall there were no statistical differences between the observation years either for overtriage or undertriage. When observed individually, trauma showed the only significant overtriage reduction over time; there were no individual modifications in undertriage over time.
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Carenzo, L., Barra, F., Messina, A. et al. Overtriage and undertriage in a prehospital system over 7 years. Crit Care 17, P276 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/cc12214
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