What's the fast track system at an emergency room (ER)?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

The fast track system at the emergency department is almost like an urgent care. Patients who are triaged (or sorted) into the fast track system typically come in with complaints like a sore throat, a rash, urinary tract infections, and minor injuries.

Most of the time, patients that go to the fast track side of the emergency department are generally healthy and their complaints can be diagnosed through a history, physical, and x-ray or point of care test (such as a urine dip to rule out a urinary tract infection).

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