Facilitator: Gita Nirmala Sari
Obstetric triage is usually undertaken by a midwife and involves identifying the woman’s presenting problem and conducting physiological and vital signs assessment. Triage of a pregnant woman poses challenges, as the physiological changes associated with pregnancy do not match the general parameters of standard emergency department triage measures. For these reasons, the Birmingham Symptom-specific Obstetric Triage System (BSOTS) was developed to standardise triage within maternity care, to support the identification, prioritisation, and care of women who present to health services with unexpected pregnancy concerns. This presentation will present findings from a mixed-method evaluation of the implementation of the BSOTS into an Australian level 6 tertiary care service which provides maternity care to over 6500 women per year. This is the first site in Australia to implement BSOTS. Overall, the findings suggested that the BSOTS provides a good framework for triage and has benefits for both women and staff.