CHOC Children's Emergency Department :: What does triage mean?
At the Julia and George Argyros Emergency Department at CHOC Children’s Hospital, “triage” describes the process wherein a nurse assesses your child’s condition to determine what type of care he or she will need – and how quickly.
Literally, it means “sorting.”
Triage occurs after screening and initial registration. If there are rooms open, the child will be immediately taken to an exam room. If all rooms are full, the Emergency Department has three triage suites, wherein a nurse will ask questions, collect vital information such as temperature, pulse and weight, and perform a basic exam. If an exam room is available immediately after registration, the child might bypass the triage process completely.