Attitudes on the use of priority tags
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, ISSN 1757-7241, Vol. 15, 71-73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Prioritising of victims as well as the use of priority tags in different colours is an important part of all training in patient management at disasters and major incidents. The actual use of priority tags in incidents and disasters has so far not been systematically studied. The aim of this study was to demonstrate attitudes among researchers as well as prehospital personnel on the actual use of priority tags. In 38 KAMEDO reports issued by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare describing major incidents and disasters from 1977-2004, we found no documentation on the use of priority tags. In a questionnaire to personnel within the prehospital medical system 133 (68%) replied that they only have used priority tags in training. 20 (10%) had used priority tags in a real accident/incident and 43 (21%) answered that they have never used priority tags. Reports from incidents should include the issues on the use of priority tags and clearly defi ned criteria on prioritising and labelling of patients at an incident/disaster, as well as in daily work, should be defi ned.
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London, UK: BioMed Central, 2007. Vol. 15, 71-73 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40752Local ID: 54035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-40752DiVA: diva2:261601