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Table 1 Characteristics of the participating emergency departments and hospitals

From: Nurses’ accuracy and self-perceived ability using the Emergency Severity Index triage tool: a cross-sectional study in four Swiss hospitals

  Hospital A Hospital B Hospital C Hospital D
Number of beds 700 300 852 235
Level of care urban, tertiary-care hospital secondary care hospital urban, tertiary-care hospital secondary care hospital
Annual ED census 43,000 20,600 36,000 16,900
Triage team 17 nurses 19 nurses 53 nurses 12 nurses
Qualification requirements for triage nurses Postgraduate emergency nursing educationa OR many years of professional ED experience AND triage training (see below) Nurses with or without postgraduate emergency nursing educationa, at least six month experience in emergency nursing AND triage training (see below) Postgraduate emergency nursing educationa OR Many years of professional ED experience, more than 4 years of experience in acute nursing AND triage training (see below) Postgraduate emergency nursing educationa AND triage training (see below)
Introduction of the ESI 2008 2011 2010 2009
Experience with the ESI in daily practice, months (min-max) 32 (2–48) 11 (7–11) 12 (4–14) 23 (10–30)
Training Three hours of training in ESI application, with supervision by an experienced ESI user, for each nurse’s first day of implementation of the ESI tool. Four times annually, refreshing the knowledge in team meetings by discussing cases. Four hours of training in ESI application, with supervision by an experienced ESI user, for each nurse’s first day of implementation of the ESI tool Four hours of training in ESI application, and, once a month, participation in a triage workshop. Three hours of training in ESI application, with supervision by an experienced ESI user, for each nurse’s first day of implementation of the ESI tool
  1. Characteristics of the participating hospitals, the training and qualification requirements for triage nurses, year of introduction of ESI triage, the duration of nurses’ experience with the ESI, and ongoing ESI training is displayed
  2. aComprises similar postgraduate education, such as intensive care or anesthesia nursing