The introduction of the Manchester triage scale to an emergency department in the Republic of Ireland

Accid Emerg Nurs. 2003 Apr;11(2):121-5. doi: 10.1016/s0965-2302(02)00218-7.


Triage is an integral part of the modern emergency department. The use of a recognised triage system has many advantages for the emergency department including reference to a recognised decision-making structure and support in the form of a professionally accepted and validated system. As part of a programme of internal change the Manchester triage system (MTS) was introduced to an emergency department in the Republic of Ireland. This article outlines the introduction of this method of triage and cites the domestic and international drivers of the change.

MeSH terms

  • Decision Making
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Ireland
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Triage / methods*
  • Triage / organization & administration*