The emergency severity index esi is a tool for use in emergency department ed triage the esi triage algorithm yields rapid reproducible and clinically relevant stratification of patients into five groups from. Structured triage systems for emergency department admissions are already in use in the german speaking countries 3 4 and the relevant medical societies are calling for their introduction in nations with established hospital emergency services 4 5. The emergency severity index is the most commonly used triage system in the us presented at the society of academic emergency medicine annual meeting boston ma national center for injury prevention and control 1997. Triage may be used to prioritize the use of space or equipment such as operating rooms in a crowded medical facility in a walk in clinic or emergency department an interview with a triage nurse is a common first step to receiving care
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