Determine the Number of Patients,

As part of the scene size-up, it is essential that you accurately identify  the total number of patients. This evaluation is critical in determining your need for additional resources,  such as firefighters, Hazmat team, etc. Once you have taken action in calling for additional resources, establish Triage. Triage is the process of sorting patients based on the severity of each patient's  condition. Once all the patients have been triaged, you can begin to establish treatment and transport priorities.

Number of Patients (Determine number of Patients)

  • If responding crew can handle, proceed with assessment
  • If more patients than responding crew can handle, initiate Mass Casualty Incident Plan (MCI). Consider Triage
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