Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Original Article
SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 60-64

Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Authors: Horeya Falamarzi, Salah Alghanem, Ghada Alqassim, Shahnaz Almusaifer.

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Abstract

Background: The novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, and rapidly spread worldwide. The Bahrain National COVID Team has released a screening tool called Visual Triage to alert healthcare workers in the Kingdom of Bahrain about the possibility of occurrence of COVID-19 infections among patients presenting to healthcare facilities. The aim of this research is to identify the accuracy rate of nurses in using Visual Triage and to evaluate points of improvement among nurses using the Visual Triage system. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using a scenario-based questionnaire in the Emergency Department (ED) of Bahrain Defense Force Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The participants were all Visual Triage nurses and ED triage nurses. The data collected through the self-administered questionnaires were analyzed using Excel and SPSS version 26 programs. Results: The number of nurses who participated was 57. Nurses rated 66.89% of the cases correctly. There was no difference in the rate of accuracy between emergency triage nurses and Visual Triage nurses. Years of experience did not affect the accuracy rate of using Visual Triage. A comparison was made between nurses with different levels of education, and the highest accuracy was obtained by those who held a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Nurses who had received education about Visual Triage had a higher rate of accuracy than those who had not. In choosing the appropriate destination, nurses rated 64.02% of the cases correctly. Conclusion: The accuracy of nurses in using Visual Triage can be improved if factors leading to inaccuracy can be adjusted. The findings of this study could be used as a guide for improvement.

Keywords:   Visual Triage, emergency, COVID-19, coronavirus, nurses


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Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain


Authors
Horeya Falamarzi
Resident, Emergency Medicine Department, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Royal Medical Services, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Salah Alghanem
Consultant Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Department, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Royal Medical Services, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Ghada Alqassim
Consultant Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Head of Emergency Medicine Department, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Royal Medical Services, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Shahnaz Almusaifer
Senior Nurse, Emergency Medicine Department, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Royal Medical Services, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Correspondence to:
. Horeya Falamarzi, Resident, Emergency Medicine Department, Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, Royal Medical Services, Kingdom of Bahrain.; horeya.falamarzi@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 23 Sep 2020
Revised 19 Oct 2020
Accepted 28 Nov 2020
Published online 04 Jan 2021
Published in print 21 Jan 2021

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Pubmed Style

Falamarzi H, Alghanem S, Alqassim G, Almusaifer S. Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


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Falamarzi H, Alghanem S, Alqassim G, Almusaifer S. Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. https://www.sjemed.com/?mno=132635 [Access: October 15, 2021]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


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Falamarzi H, Alghanem S, Alqassim G, Almusaifer S. Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. SJEMed. 2021; 2(1): 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Falamarzi H, Alghanem S, Alqassim G, Almusaifer S. Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. SJEMed. (2021), [cited October 15, 2021]; 2(1): 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


Harvard Style

Falamarzi, H., Alghanem, . S., Alqassim, . G. & Almusaifer, . S. (2021) Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. SJEMed, 2 (1), 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


Turabian Style

Falamarzi, Horeya, Salah Alghanem, Ghada Alqassim, and Shahnaz Almusaifer. 2021. Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (1), 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


Chicago Style

Falamarzi, Horeya, Salah Alghanem, Ghada Alqassim, and Shahnaz Almusaifer. "Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2 (2021), 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Falamarzi, Horeya, Salah Alghanem, Ghada Alqassim, and Shahnaz Almusaifer. "Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 2.1 (2021), 60-64. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Falamarzi, H., Alghanem, . S., Alqassim, . G. & Almusaifer, . S. (2021) Accuracy among nurses in using COVID-19 visual triage in the Emergency Medicine Department of a Tertiary Hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2 (1), 60-64. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1599539329


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