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CDC offers insight to revised Field Triage Guidelines

Emergency Management Alert, January 27, 2009

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report with guidelines to ensure that trauma patients with more severe injuries are taken to trauma centers designed to handle those injuries.

These recommendations attempt to standardize decision-making at an emergency scene as well as provide some guidance on new technologies like vehicle crash notification systems.

This report provides insight to the development of 2006 Field Triage Decision Scheme: the National Trauma Triage Protocol for emergency medical service (EMS) providers, which also aims to provide guidance to the nation’s 800,000 EMS workers during transportation decisions.

Other revisions to the guide include:

  • Recommendations for the right place and right time to best use crucial emergency care resources
  • Vehicle crash damage criteria which can help determine which patients may require care at a trauma center

For the full release, click here.

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