Table 1

Comparison of the characteristics of the four-level Paediatric Taiwan Triage System and the five-level Paediatric Triage and Acuity System

CriteriaFour-level Ped-TTSFive-level Ped-TTAS
Time to triage assessmentNot specified10 min
Time to physician assessmentImmediate/10 min/30 min/noneNot specified
Time to nurse reassessmentNot specifiedImmediate/10/30/60/120 min
Triage decision criteriaEither vital signs or chief complaintsComplaints-based with first/second-order modifiers used
Chief complaints list4 categories (32 chief complaints); ophthalmic, ENT and dental complaints not included12 categories (74 chief complaints); ophthalmic, ENT and dental complaints included
Pain scaleSevere and non-severe10-point Likert scale
Injury mechanismNoneYes
Implementation guidelinesNot specifiedSpecified
Education implementation materialNoneComputer decision support system and structured educational material