Pediatric Disaster Triage: Doing the Most Good for the Most Patients in the Least Time

This disaster triage course will discuss how to recognize a disaster, the rationale for pediatric disaster triage, and common triage strategies applicable to disaster response. Application of the information through the use of several case studies and embedded quizzes will illustrate the concepts discussed in the training.

Continuing education is available for EMS providers from the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). Please note that continuing medical education (CME)/continuing education (CE) credit through the IHS Clinical Support Center expired on May 18, 2015. Physician and nurses are free to take the course, however, no CE will be awarded at this time.

Accredited Provider: Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services

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Course Modules Course Objectives

  1. Recognizing a Disaster Module 
  2. Disaster Triage Rationale Module 
  3. Pediatric Triage Considerations Module 
  4. Triage Methodologies Module 
  5. Special Considerations Course Summary Post-Assessment 
  1. Recognize a disaster. 
  2. Describe the rationale for disaster triage. 
  3. Describe four common triage strategies (JumpSTART, Smart, SALT and Clinical Decision-Making). 
  4. Recognize the significance of special triage situations such as children with head injuries or those with special health care needs. 
Downloads Resources from Training

  1. PowerPoint slide set of training
  2. Transcript of training
  1.  JumpSTART Triage System
  2. SALT Triage System
  3. SMART Triage System

This course was created by EMSC Targeted Issue Grantee Mark Cicero, MD. His project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Targeted Issues grant program, Grant No. H34MC19349 for $852,415.00. The information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.