TABLE 1

Triage Algorithm

CharacteristicCriteria
Temperature abnormality≥100.4°F/38°Ca≤96°F/35.5°Ca
High-risk patient (any of the conditions listed)MalignancySolid-organ transplant
Bone marrow transplantCentral venous catheter
AspleniaImmunodeficiency
and
    Abnormal pulse beyond temperature correctionb
and/or
    Abnormal mental status or capillary refill time of >3 s
orc
    Patient in shock without meeting criteria listed above
  • a Fever or hypothermia may have been documented at home or in the ED.

  • b Five beats/1°F above 100°F.

  • c This category requires no vital-sign or risk-factor criterion.