The Working Group is not done doing what they do the way they do it. Far from it. They are picking up where they left off and planning to develop even more processes we will be mandated to use in mass casualty incidents. One process for how we conduct secondary triage/patient reassessment and another for how we prioritize the transportation of our patients to hospitals and provide reunification.
Excerpt from the Working Group’s publication:
“It is also important to conclude by noting that this guideline only scratches the surface of the decisions that need to be made during a mass casualty incident. In the future, the Model Uniform Core Criteria needs to be expanded to address issues surrounding secondary triage, including ordering transport, selecting destinations, patient tracking, and keeping together families with small children.”
That's what we get for being asleep at the switch. Thank goodness the federal government has our backs and knows what’s best for us and our public. We’d all be better off if EMS was federalized.
Life as a Lemming:
We can either sit back and watch as federal mandates are imposed on us from a group of experts in a closed room surrounded by research papers and funded by the government or we can let them know we want a seat at the table and be part of any decision that effects the process we use to care for our public.
There would be no reason why they should not want that. If it’s evidence they want we can bring it. We have the AARs they should have used in their data sets, we have the real time experience of managing MCIs and we have the power to act as a unified team and implement policy as a consorted group nationwide to minimize any potential detriment to patient care or interoperability. What we also have is the right, no the responsibility, to question and challenge things we feel are not right or need further testing. It is not up to them. It is up to us.
“Normal people... believe that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain't broke, it doesn't have enough features yet.”