overtriage

overtriage

A term of art referring to unintentionally overestimating the urgency of the condition of a person arriving in A&E (casualty) and prioritising that person’s management over that of a patient with more urgent needs.

overtriage

(ō′vĕr-trē-azh″)
The misidentification of patients who have minor illnesses or injuries but who on initial assessment appear to be critically ill.
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The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACSCOT) guideline suggests that threshold indicators for overtriage would be acceptable up to 50%, and 10% for under-triage.