Clinical Notebook| Volume 35, ISSUE 6, P546-547, November 2009

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Triage, Diagnose, Treatment, and Disposition (‘2 TDs’)

      When I am asked to talk about what the emergency department does, I say it is “2 TDs.” Breaking down complex concepts into an acronym occurs throughout science and health care (think E = mc2 or ABC). The other piece of explaining the emergency department in this manner is to relate it to popular terms, such as football terms; I believe “2 TDs (touchdowns)” works best. The 2 TDs are triage, diagnose, treatment, and disposition.
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      Andrew Harding, Member, Mayflower Chapter, is Director of Patient Care Services, Morton Hospital and Medical Center, Taunton, MA.