I am an emergency nurse currently
working in NSW and am a qualified Triage instructor, as well as trauma instructor.
The triage scale is as Follows.
Cat 1 seen
immediately this cat. Is kept for cardiac and respiratory arrest.
Cat 2 seen within 10 minutes
This is the urgent cat kept for traumas, and chest pains, and anyone having difficulties with ABCD
Cat 3 seen within 30 minutes
This is semi Urgent and is reserved for people with pain, or
abnormal vital signs
Cat 4 Seen within 1 hour This is Non Urgent and usually involves, fevers, headaches, rashes.
Cat 5 Seen within 1-2 hours this
is Basic care required. This is reserved for patients that could have gone to
a local doctor, small lacerations, dressing changes etc.
As for the
Colours. In NSW ONLY for Disasters
we use the following
Red Life threathening
Orange- Semi Urgent
Green- Walking wounded
Other states also use a blue
tag which indicates that a patient is not quite dead but will die soon, and resuscitation attempts on this patient would be
The Hospital Systems are now
also using colour codes to inform the ambulance service how busy they are.
Status RED Means Life threathening
only no BEDS in ED
Status Orange inidicates full emergency department limited beds available consider going elsewhere
Status Green Working to full
capacity beds not limited.(RARE THESE DAYS)
I hope this is of some benefit
as the information currently kept on your web page is incorrect..
Nursing Unit Manager
Blacktown/ Mt Druitt
TNCC Instructor, ENPC, CATN Accredited,
CBR Accredited, Triage Instructor, Disaster Instructor,
Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate
Certificate in Emergency Nursing