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Documentation and tagging of casualties in multiple casualty incidents.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14992064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The use of triage tags is widely advocated as a tool to improve the management of multiple casualty incident scenes. However, there are no published reports to suggest that triage tags have improved the management of incidents involving more than 24 persons, and a number of reports have detailed problems associated with triage tag use. Alternative systems of scene management such as geographical triage have been successfully used in very large incidents, and are recommended as an alternative to triage tags. Documentation cards attached to casualties may be of use in situations where casualties will pass through an extended evacuation chain, and clear labels for deceased casualties are of benefit as they discourage repeat assessments. Adoption of an evidence-based approach to multiple casualty incident scene management will require a paradigm shift in the thinking of ambulance services. A broad-based educational approach that encourages critical reappraisal of existing procedures is recommended.
Alan Garner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Emergency medicine (Fremantle, W.A.)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1035-6851     ISO Abbreviation:  Emerg Med (Fremantle)     Publication Date:    2003 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-02     Completed Date:  2004-04-06     Revised Date:  2005-02-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421464     Medline TA:  Emerg Med (Fremantle)     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  475-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
NRMA CareFlight, New South Wales Medical Retrieval Service, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Disaster Planning
Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Tags*
Triage / methods*

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