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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 114-116

Using a joint triage model for multi-hospital response to a mass casualty incident in New York city


Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Medical Center Brooklyn, NY, USA

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Bonnie Arquilla
Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY Medical Center Brooklyn, NY
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2700.50746

PMID: 19561971

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This paper defines a specific plan which allows two separate institutions, with different capabilities, to function as a single receiving entity in the event of a mass casualty incident. The street between the two institutions will be closed to traffic and a two-phase process initiated. Arriving ambulances will first be quickly screened to expedite the most critical patients followed by formal triage and directing patients to one of the two facilities. Preparation for this plan requires prior coordination between local authorities and the administrations of both institutions. This plan can serve as a general model for disaster preparedness when two or more institutions with different capabilities are located in close proximity.


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