Anyone with working knowledge of pediatric prehospital triage please
respond to the following query:
In central Arizona, we are presently restructuring our pediatric triage
scheme. As committee chair, I am in a quandary about two specific items:
1. What is the best set of criteria for pediatric critical-care triage? I
know there are several sets of criteria in the pediatric literature. Does
anyone have practical experience in formulating/adapting these for a specific
2. What criteria best define the "unstable" pediatric patient?
Specific numbers (Peds Coma Score/VS) or "altered level of consciousness"-type
general single criterion?
Also, any workable algorithm of pediatric transportation and triage (PCCC vs
General ED) would be appreciated.
Last, does anyone have experience in incorporation of pediatric
critical-care triage within existing trauma center triage?
I would be willing to share the end-product with the list (probably in 6-12
months). Is there an ftp site?
Peter W. Vann, MD FACEP Voice: (602) 491-8680
Vice-Chair, AEMS, Inc. Fax: (602) 491-8680
Assistant Medical Director, e-mail:
Phoenix Baptist Hospital [log in to unmask]
9144 S. Dromedary Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284