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For 130 million people seeking emergency treatment in the United States, incomplete or inaccurate triage examination can result in delays, which could compromise patient outcomes. The purpose of this study was to identify triage interruptions and determine how interruptions affect the triage process. A significant difference was seen in triage duration between interrupted and uninterrupted interviews. Understanding the impact of interruptions on patient outcomes will allow nurses and other health care providers to develop interventions to mitigate the impact.

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