Comparing the Accuracy of Mass Casualty Triage Systems in a Pediatric Population
Heffernan, R., Lerner, E.B., McKee, C., et al. (2019). Comparing the Accuracy of Mass Casualty Triage Systems in a Pediatric Population. (Abstract only.) Prehospital Emergency Care. 23(3):304-308.
The authors sought to understand the differences between four mass casualty triage systems in a pediatric (under 18) population by observing each patient’s initial triage in the emergency department then reviewing their medical records to determine how they were categorized by health care workers. While “none of the systems were extremely accurate,” the authors found the SALT system to be the most accurate, though the systems could be improved by distinguishing more successfully between “minimal” and “delayed” triage classification.