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Building a visual aid for a triage tool in a developing health service
  1. Mir Saaduddin Ahmad,
  2. Darryl R Wood
  1. Emergency Department, Queen's Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Romford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mir Saaduddin Ahmad, Emergency Department, Queen’s Hospital, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Rom Valley Way, Romford, Essex, RM7 0AG, UK; dr.msahmad{at}


Resources in the modern day emergency department are often stretched, and this holds true more so in developing services. With limited manpower, it is essential that efficient tools are created so that processes can be run safely. Here we pilot the use of a vital signs matrix in a medical camp in Dhaka to screen patients at triage. We further modified this matrix to include the National Early Warning Score as our recording of the NEWS have remained poor in triage. A trial and validation study for the use of this matrix in an NHS setting is currently underway.

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  • Contributors MSA is responsible for design of the tool, running the pilot in Dhaka and initial draft of the submission. DRW is responsible for reviewing the submission and providing intellectual contribution to the further development of the tool.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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