Assessment of Quality of Pediatric Emergency Triage and Its Associated Factors in Wolaita Zone, Ethiopia
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2019, Pages: 123-133
Received: Jun. 1, 2019; Accepted: Jul. 23, 2019; Published: Aug. 29, 2019
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Daniel Baza Gargamo, Department of Nursing, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
Addishiwet Fantahun, Department of Nursing, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Temesgen Lera Abiso, School of Public Health, Wolaita Sodo University, Wolaita Sodo, Ethiopia
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Background: Most deaths of children in hospital frequently occur within the first 24 hours of admission. Immediate triage on arrival may prevent many of these deaths. Pediatric emergency triage assessment and treatment was introduced in 2014 in Ethiopia, however, there is no evidence which shows its quality and associated factors in the country. Objective:-This study aimed to assess the quality of pediatric emergency triage and its associated factors in selected hospitals of Wolaita zone 2017. Methods: A facility-based cross-sectional study design was used March to April 2017. A total of 178 health care workers (HCWs) were included in this study. The data was collected by using a self-administered questionnaire on the HCWs, and an observation checklist for hospitals assessment. We performed descriptive and multivariable logistic regression analyses; adjusted odds ratio and 95% CI were used to determine statistically significant associations. Results: This study indicated that 41.7% of HCWs did not correctly define triage, 81% did not know triage duration, 85.7% did not identify all triage categories and 64% did not categorize child with urgent signs. Conclusion: The overall quality of pediatric emergency triage service was poor.
Quality, Pediatrics, Emergency, Triage, Assessment
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Daniel Baza Gargamo, Addishiwet Fantahun, Temesgen Lera Abiso, Assessment of Quality of Pediatric Emergency Triage and Its Associated Factors in Wolaita Zone, Ethiopia, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 123-133. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20190704.13
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