Pandemic Respiratory Infection Emergency System Triage (PRIEST)

Type: Observational

Site and lead:

  • Oxford Road Campus: Professor Rick Body

Patient group: COVID-19 patients attending A&E

Funder: NIHR

Sponsor: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

More about the PRIEST study

  • PRIEST is a nationally-prioritised COVID-19 study. See the full list Urgent Public Health COVID-19 Studies on the NIHR website.

The purpose of this study is to identify the most accurate triage method for predicting severe illness among patients attending the emergency department with suspected respiratory infection caused by COVID-19. This will ultimately help clinical staff make the most appropriate and timely care decisions for people with the novel coronavirus.

The study is using patient data gathered during the COVID-19 pandemic to test how well existing triage methods predict serious complications. More information about methodology being used in the PRIEST study can be found on the University of Sheffield website.