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Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse, Second Edition

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Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826148292

An Orientation and Care Guide

Author: Lynn Sayre Visser MSN, BS, RN, CEN, CPEN, CLNC, Anna Sivo Montejano DNP, MSNEd, RN, CEN

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1st Edition Winner of the AJN Book of the Year Award for Emergency/Critical Care Nursing

2nd Edition Accompanied by Provider Approved Contact Hours for Continuing Education

This authoritative orientation guide for new and seasoned nurses, preceptors, educators, management teams, urgent care staff, pre-hospital personnel, and anyone working in the triage arena presents essential information to access quickly and repeatedly. Patients rarely present to triage with a diagnosis, but rather convey a multitude of complaints, signs, and symptoms. It is the job of the triage nurse to identify serious “red flag” presentations hidden among all this information while delivering individualized care and juggling wait times in often overcrowded emergency departments.

Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse, Second Edition, retains its key focus on numerous aspects of triage for emergency department and urgent care settings, from orientation, to front-end processes, to clinical practice and nursing essentials. With real-life examples, the chapters detail a multitude of clinical presentations and include procedures and protocols that the triage nurse implements in daily practice. This newly revised and updated edition covers how to build confidence in the triage role, accurately assess patient presentations, reduce personnel and hospital liability, increase patient and staff satisfaction, and, ultimately, deliver quality patient care that supports best outcomes.

5 New Chapters in the Second Edition:

  • Active Shooter/Active Violence
  • Emergency Management for When Disaster Strikes
  • Triage Competency
  • Pain Management
  • Endocrine Emergencies

Continuing Education:

  • Access first post-test to obtain provider-approved contact hours NOW
  • Receive email alerts when additional contact hours are available

Key Features:

  • Covers essential clinical information in an easy-to-read format
  • Focuses on processes, patient and staff safety, legalities, documentation, and critical thinking at triage
  • Addresses specific patient populations including pediatric, older adult, human trafficking, military personnel, and more
  • Offers guidance from seasoned emergency department nurses and triage educators

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 13, 2018
  • Page Count 255
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826148292
  • EISBN 9780826148513

Table of Contents 


Foreword Rebecca S. McNair, RN, CEN


~A Heartfelt Thank You~



1. Orienting to Triage

Lynn Sayre Visser

2. Precepting at Triage

Lynn Sayre Visser

3. Tips for Success at Triage

Lynn Sayre Visser and Anna Sivo Montejano

4. Personal Awareness for the Triage Nurse

Anna Sivo Montejano

5. Triage Competency

Shelley Cohen


6. The Patient Arrival

Anna Sivo Montejano

7. The Patient Experience in Triage Nursing

Lynn Sayre Visser

8. Legal Concerns in Triage Nursing

Deb Jeffries


9. Triage Acuity Scales

Deb Jeffries

10. Triage Documentation

Rebecca S. McNair

11. Time-Sensitive Medical Conditions

Lynn Sayre Visser


12. Urgent Care Triage

Valerie Aarne Grossman

13. Electronic Medical Record Considerations

Dawn Friedly Gray

14. Provider in Triage

Lynn Sayre Visser

15. Advanced Triage Protocols

Dawn Friedly Gray


16. Introduction to “Red Flag” Presentations

Lynn Sayre Visser

17. Respiratory Emergencies

Polly Gerber Zimmermann and Lynn Sayre Visser

18. Cardiac Emergencies

Polly Gerber Zimmermann

19. Neurological Emergencies

Reneé Semonin Holleran

20. Abdominal Emergencies

Polly Gerber Zimmermann and Lynn Sayre Visser

21. Obstetric and Gynecological Emergencies

Lynn Sayre Visser and Polly Gerber Zimmermann

22. Behavioral Health Emergencies

Anna Sivo Montejano

23. Ocular Emergencies

Anna Sivo Montejano and Lynn Sayre Visser

24. Musculoskeletal Emergencies

Reneé Semonin Holleran

25. Endocrine Emergencies

Dawn Friedly Gray

26. Environmental Emergencies

Anna Sivo Montejano

27. Trauma Emergencies

Reneé Semonin Holleran

28. Infectious Presentations

Anna Sivo Montejano and Lynn Sayre Visser


29. Special Populations in Triage

Anna Sivo Montejano

30. Pediatric Triage

Deb Jeffries

31. Older Adult Triage

Anna Sivo Montejano

32. Pain Management at Triage

Reneé Semonin Holleran

33. Patient and Staff Safety

Anna Sivo Montejano

34. Case Studies in Triage Nursing

Anna Sivo Montejano and Lynn Sayre Visser


35. Emergency Management: A Triage Nurse’s Guide for When Disaster Strikes

Erik Angle

36. Active Shooter or Active Violence

Erik Angle


Appendix A: Resources

Appendix B: Triage Competency Validation Form

Appendix C: Sample Triage Education and Competency Plan

Appendix D: Sample Triage Retrospective Chart Review Audit Form

Appendix E: Disaster Triage Tag

Additional Reading


Editorial Review(s) 

"“One of the things that draws nurses into the specialty of emergency nursing is that we love environments where things happen quickly and we are often drawn to brevity. I cannot think of a better format for emergency nurses to learn about the challenges of triage then a book that presents the facts in such a concise and consolidated fashion. It serves as an excellent resource for all emergency nurses, written by respected names in the emergency world.”"

-- Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, CFRN, FAEN, FAAN

""A concise yet comprehensive reference that cuts to the chase, just like a good emergency nurse. With content covering hot topics such as active shooter situations, pain management, and human trafficking, this book has something for triage nurses at all stages of the novice to expert continuum.""

-- Jean A. Proehl, RN, MN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, FAEN, FAAN

""A dream team of authors, contributors, and reviewers created a one-of-a kind masterpiece on triage nursing. Building upon the invaluable first edition content, the second edition adds more chapters to cover current nursing concerns. Nurses with various experience levels and practicing in any field will certainly benefit from this easy-to-read and easy-to-understand book. A must have for every nurse’s personal library!”"

-- Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN, CSP, FAAN

"“A gem of a book, straight to the point with a wealth of knowledge in a nutshell. This condensed, compact and comprehensive quick resource zeroes in on all the essentials of triage nursing. Clear and concise, this book is a must for all emergency department nurses.”"

-- Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PhD

"“.…an easy-to-read guide living up to its claim of providing information “in a nutshell.” The editors have drawn subject matter experts from across the Emergency Nursing profession to write on topics spanning emergency triage tips and regulatory elements through complaint-specific chapters. The book is formatted in bullet points to get right to answering questions for the Emergency Triage Nurse without extra fluff. “Red flags” sections in the chapters help readers zero in on patient safety and quality care while building Emergency Triage Nurse confidence. This resource WILL become part of your valued Emergency Nurse library.”"

-- Andi Foley, DNP, RN, ACCNS-AG, CEN

""...for your novice nurse to your most tenured nurse in the department. This book truly has something for everyone in the ED, not only the triage the nurse. The chapters are broken down so no matter your expertise level you can understand what is being presented and learn to provide the best care possible for your patients.”"

-- Mike Hastings, MSN, RN, CEN

"“…an incredible resource for any emergency department nurse. Information is concise and well-organized for quick reference. Topics are very practical and can be applied to your very next shift. If you’re new to emergency nursing, this book is a must-have.”"

-- Kati Kleber, MSN, RN, CCRN-K

""A thorough, concise, and well written handbook providing important information for anyone working in the triage arena. A quick read that keeps your attention and delivers down to earth, "in the trenches", dialogue with pertinent, friendly advice and examples. Everything that can walk into the triage area is covered in a succinct yet encompassing way. Well done!!""

-- Pat Clutter, RN, MEd, CEN, FAEN

"“Very impressed by the layout, organization, readability and up-to-date information in this handy reference. Any triage nurse will be a step ahead by having this practice guide- it's like having a seasoned ED nurse in your pocket at all times. Excellent, excellent!”"

-- Beth Hawkes, “Nurse Beth”, Career Columnist, Writer, Speaker

"“Not just for nurses. EMS, check this book out! I am a 20+ year paramedic and EMS educator, and I found many of the principles of this book to be very relevant to EMS…. a book that works for both hospital and pre-hospital education.”"

-- Lori Gallian, EMT-P

"“This book is a true gem and takes much of the guesswork out of the RNs triage process. A must read for all RNs working in the often overwhelming and chaotic world of emergency nursing!""

-- Thomas Rhodes, BSN, RN, MPA-HSM, Director of Nursing

""The authors did an excellent job writing an accurate and up to date guide for triage nurses. 'FAST FACTS' found within each chapter is invaluable! As a nurse with 23 years of ER and critical care experience I would like to see a copy of this book on every triage desk! ""

-- Laurie Pittman, BSN, RN, CPEN, Staff Nurse