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Table 1 Explanation of initial dispatch Code (IDCs)

From: Patient triage system for supporting the operation of dispatch centres and rescue teams

Colour Triage criteria Essential response
Red Critical emergency patients The Basic Life Support Unit (BLS) responds to the patient within 4 min of the accident and the Advanced Life Support unit (ALS) responds within 8 min of the accident
Yellow Urgent emergency patients The BLS responds to the patient within 8 min of the accident and the First Response Unit (FR) responds within 15 min of the accident
Green Non-urgent emergency patients The BLS responds to the patient within 8 min of the accident
White General patients Response to patient is via telephone referral programme and consideration of BLS
Black Not patients No response needed