Overtriage | definition of overtriage by Medical dictionary
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.
The misidentification of patients who have minor illnesses or injuries but who on initial assessment appear to be critically ill.
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American College of Surgeons (ACS) secondary trauma triage guidelines state that a 10% undertriage rate is acceptable and a 50% overtriage
or false-positive rate is unavoidable in order to capture as many at-risk patients as possible, Dr.
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.