START Triage stands for Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment. This method of triage was developed in the early 1980’s by the Hoag Hospital and Newport Beach Fire and Marine in California. START Triage is universally recognized as the most rapid form of triaging a large number of patients in the shortest time possible.
The mnemonic associated with the START Triage program is RPM and stands for…
The initial assessment and treatment of victims in a mass casualty incident should take no more than 30 seconds per patient. These patients are triaged based upon four factors.
To initiate the START Triage…
The START triage process takes place in the following order.
If the patient is IMMEDIATE upon initial evaluation attempt only to correct airway blockage or uncontrolled bleeding prior to moving on to the next patient. Remember, the goal is to take no longer than 30 seconds per patient.
When things get hectic with multiple patients rev up your RPM’s
mnemonic:30 - 2 - CAN DO
The START process permits a limited number of rescuers to rapidly triage a large number of patients, without specialized training, and allows for the movement of patients in an orderly manner to the treatment area where a more detailed assessment can be performed.
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