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Triage Tags is a tool first responders and medical personnel use during a mass casualty incident i.e., triage. With the aide of the triage tags, the first-arriving personnel are able to effectively and efficiently distribute the limited resources and provide the necessary immediate care for the victims until more help arrives. The concept behind triage tags was first introduced by Baron Dominique Jean Larrey, a French surgeon in Napoleon’s army. Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) is a strategy that the first responders and medical personnel employ to evaluate the severity of injury of each victim as quickly as possible and tag the victims in about 30-60 seconds. The triage tags are placed near the head and are used to better separate the victims so that when more help arrives, the patients are easily recognizable for the extra help to ascertain the most dire cases.
Additional recommended knowledge
A triage tag is two-sided, but the actual layout of the sections vary between states and between governmental agencies. It is common nowadays to use triage tags to allow first responders to have a better handle of the victims during a triage. There is not a universal agreement in the design of a triage tag, so each state has implemented their own version to meet their needs.
The design of a triage tag could be as simple as the METTAG MT-137, which the military and many governmental agencies use.
Dynamic Triage Tag
Another popular Triage Tag is the Smart Tag with its unique folded design means that effective triage is quick and simple, but most importantly it allows casualties to be re-triaged without having to replace the tag. It has been adopted as the standard triage tag for New York, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Boston and Nevada.
Standard Sections Of A Triage Tag
The basic sections of a triage tag include:
There are three basic categories of a triage tag (from top-to-bottom):
A benefit in using the triage tag, besides the fact of improving traffic flow and increasing distributed care among injured patients is during the collection of data. The fill-in slots on the triage tags do not need to be filled out all at once. Information can be obtained and added onto the triage tag throughout the triage. There are cases which a patient’s medical condition changes while still in triage, medical personnel would just tag the patient again with the updated information and label the tags sequentially.
Examples of types
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