Recommendation ID

National pre-hospital triage tool:- A national pre-hospital triage tool for major trauma should be developed and validated.

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- Pre-hospital triage tools identify patients who need to be taken to a major trauma centre, bypassing the local emergency department. They are also used to generate pre-alert or standby calls for a trauma team. Most triage tools in the UK use physiological parameters with diagnostic cut-offs and categorical variables such as mechanism of injury. However, the parameters used, and the weighting given to each parameter, differ across the tools. A national pre-hospital triage tool should be developed and validated that will accurately identify where a patient needs to be taken.
This should lead to improved patient outcomes and reduced costs.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Major trauma: service delivery
Date issued
February 2016

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 29/02/2016