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Pandemic influenza triage does not reliably distinguish patients

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Current triage methods for suspected pandemic influenza do not reliably identify patients with good and poor outcomes, warn Sheffield researchers in the Emergency Medicine Journal online. 

They evaluated three triage tools – CURB-65, PMEWS and the Department of Health community assessment tool – in 481 patients who presented with flu symptoms at emergency departments during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.

The authors said: “Current triage methods for suspected pandemic influenza did not reliably discriminate between patients with good and poor outcomes.”

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