Abstract| Volume 13, ISSUE 4, P135, November 2010

Rapid Assessment Team – Innovation in service at triage; improving access flow

      The Rapid Assessment Team (RAT) is a team of senior nursing and medical staff who work from the triage area and provide a rapid assessment of clients who present to the Emergency Department. This team comprises a senior nurse and medical officer on all Early and Late shifts Clients are referred to the RAT after they have booked in at triage. This team then performs a clinical assessment and commences treatment such as insertion of cannulaes, taking blood for pathology testing, sending clients for X-rays, ultrasounds or CT scans, and providing vital fluids and pain relief.


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