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pediatric assessment triangle

pe·di·at·ric as·sess·ment tri·an·gle

/ˌpi diˈæ trɪks, əˈsesmənt ˈtrīˌaNGɡəl/

Noun

A tool that helps identify physiologic instability, direct resuscitation priorities, and determine transport decisions, from "across the room" without threatening an anxious child. The three components of the PAT include: 1) appearance; 2) work of breathing; and 3) circulation to skin.