Testing the reliability of an eye-dedicated triaging system: The RESCUE

Tommaso Rossi, B. Boccassini, C. Cedrone, M. Iossa, M. G. Mutolo, G. Lesnoni, P. A. Mutolo

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Abstract

Purpose. To calculate the reliability of an eye-dedicated triaging system named Rome Eye Scoring System for Urgency and Emergency (RESCUE). Methods. There were four coding parameters: pain, redness, loss of vision, and risk of open globe. Each parameter is assigned a score, the sum of which allows color coding. There were 1000 consecutive patients divided into urgent (U) or non-urgent (NU) based upon diagnosis, need for treatment, hospitalization, and/or follow-up visit. Correlation between RESCUE triage scoring as assigned by the nurse on presentation and urgency as estimated retrospectively was calculated. Accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity have been calculated. False positives (FP) have been defined as patients assigned a RESCUE green or yellow code while retrospectively judged NU and false negatives (FN) have been defined as patients assigned a white code despite being considered U. Results. Of 1000 patients, 332 (33.2%) were classified as U and 668 (66.8%) NU. The difference in RESCUE scoring between U and NU patients was significant (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume18
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • Coding
  • Emergency room
  • Ocular trauma
  • Opthalmic emergency
  • Triage
  • Urgency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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