Emerg Med J 23:149-153 doi:10.1136/emj.2005.028332
  • Prehospital care

The cape triage score: a new triage system South Africa. Proposal from the cape triage group

  1. S B Gottschalk,
  2. D Wood,
  3. S DeVries,
  4. L A Wallis,
  5. S Bruijns,
  6. On behalf of the Cape Triage Group
  1. Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Cape Town, Observatory, Cape Town
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Lee A Wallis
 PO Box 901, Wellington, 7654, South Africa; leewallis{at}
  • Accepted 25 August 2005


The Cape Triage Group (CTG) convened with the intention of producing a triage system for the Western Cape, and eventually South Africa. The group includes in-hospital and prehospital staff from varied backgrounds. The CTG triage protocol is termed the Cape Triage Score (CTG), and has been developed by a multi-disciplinary panel, through best available evidence and expert opinion. The CTS has been validated in several studies, and was launched across the Western Cape on 1 January 2006.

The CTG would value feedback from readers of this journal, as part of the ongoing monitoring and evaluation process.


  • Funding: none

  • Competing interests: none declared