Adult Algorithms

The adult version of the ED-SCANS includes the following 7 decisions and supporting algorithms: triage, analgesic management, diagnostic evaluation, high-risk, high user, disposition, need for prescriptions if discharged and referrals (medical and psychosocial). More information about the development of the ED-SCANS is available.


Tanabe, P., Reddin, C., Thornton, V. L., Todd, K. H., Wun, T., & Lyons, J. S. (2010). Emergency department sickle cell assessment of needs and strengths (ED-SCANS):  A focus
group and decision support tool development project. Academic Emergency Medicine, 17(8), 848-858. PMID: 20670322.

Tanabe, P., Thornton, V.L., Martinovich, Z., Todd, K.H., Wun, T., and Lyons, J.S. (2012). Properties of the Emergency Department Sickle Cell Assessment of Needs and Strengths (ED-SCANS): A quality improvement tool to improve ED management of adults with sickle cell disease. Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, 35(2), 142-153.PMID: 23636046.