Triage Area First clinic workstation encountered by clients Triage may occur at both clinic site and transportation site
Purpose of Triage Identify individuals who may have smallpox (fever and rash) Direct these individuals away from the main flow of the clinic to an area for medical evaluation
Purpose of Triage Identify individuals who have had contact with someone who has smallpox (but who are not symptomatic, i.e. do not have fever and rash) Direct these individuals away from the main flow of the clinic to an area where they will be vaccinated and receive other special counseling and services
Media Will Assist With Triage Press release will be issued prior to the opening of clinics directing anyone who believes they may have smallpox to see their medical provider Press release will specify that ill persons (with smallpox) should not come to vaccination clinic This will minimize the amount of triage necessary at the clinic site
Triage Area will utilize signs Examples: –If you think you may have Smallpox (have a fever and rash), go to the Illness Evaluation Area (or follow the yellow arrows) –If you are not ill but suspect that you may have been exposed to Smallpox, go to the Contact Evaluation Area (or follow the red arrows) –All others, proceed forward to receive your forms (or follow the green arrows)
Triage Signs Will have arrows pointing individuals in the appropriate direction Will need to be prepared ahead of time or on the first day of clinic Will need to be prepared in other languages as appropriate for that clinic population
Triage Staff Direct persons to read the signs as they enter the clinic Assist persons having difficulty reading the signs (non-English speaking, low literacy) –Direct those persons to the appropriate place in the Forms Distribution Area where they can receive assistance, as needed
Off-Site Triage Post sign that reads: –“If you are ill, have fever and rash, DO NOT BOARD THE BUS, see your health care provider.” Sign will need to be in languages appropriate for clinic population.