Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) course

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 81 + 84
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English, French
ISBN: 9241546875



Deaths in hospital often occur within 24 hours of admission. Many of these deaths could be prevented if very sick children are identified soon after their arrival in the health facility, and treatment is started immediately. The Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT) course is designed to familiarize health workers with the ETAT guidelines and to provide them with the necessary knowledge and skills for applying the guidelines. It teaches health workers to:

  • Triage all sick children when they arrive at a health facility, into those with emergency signs, with priority signs, or non-urgent cases.
  • Provide emergency treatment for life-threatening conditions.

Manual for participants

The Manual for Participants is primarily meant for the participants of a 3 and a half day training course in Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment. It provides participants with the reading materials to prepare themselves for the modules taught in the course. Some of the reading might be done during the course. In addition, it gives questions for self-assessment which participants can respond to after having gone through the training. Apart from use in a full-time training course, the reading will be useful for trainers and participants who take part in training as a series of seminars.

Facilitator guide

The Facilitator Guide contains guidance on how to conduct ETAT training courses, with timetables, listings of the necessary material, scenarios and answers to the assessment questions. It is meant for ETAT course directors and facilitators. It is complemented by a training CD demonstrating clinical signs which is available on request from CAH.