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Table 2 NTS Urgency levels[20]

From: The effectiveness of Nurse Practitioners working at a GP cooperative: a study protocol

Urgency level 1 (U1) – Life threatening:
Immediate action required, the vital functions are threatened or delaying treatment will cause serious and irreparable damage to the patient’s health.
Urgency level 2 (U2) – Emergent:
Vital functions are not (yet) in danger, but there is a fair change that the patient’s condition will soon deteriorate or delaying treatment will cause serious and irreparable damage to the patient’s health. Take action as soon as possible.
Urgency level 3 (U3) – Urgent:
Do not postpone too long. Treat within a few hours because of medical- or humane reasons.
Urgency level 4 (U4) – Non-urgent:
There is no pressure resulting from medical- or other grounds. Time and place of treatment should be discussed with the patient.
Urgency level 5 (U5):
A physical examination can wait until the next day.