Machine-Learning-Based Electronic Triage Vs Emergency Severity Index 5- level triage: What gives best clinical outcomes?

Emergency Severity Index (ESI) 5-level triage requires its own resources and tends to batch patients in an undifferentiated middle category. Automated triage systems represent a new approach.

What question this study addressed

How would an electronic triage system that generated triage categories through a machine learning algorithm compare with ESI 5-level triage?

What this study adds to our knowledge

The computer-supported approach better predicted need for hospitalization and critical care.

How this is relevant to clinical practice

Refinement of triage can better assist in emergency department flow and patient safety. The process developed here allowed greater differentiation of heterogenous ESI level 3 patients.

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