Mass Casualty/Triage Class Report

We attended a great CERT class last night to learn more about “Mass Casualties and Triage.” The instructor, Cecil Teeters, was awesome. Eighteen of us learned how to quickly triage a large number of victims using the START method (Simple Triage and Rapid Transport) in addition to using SMART Triage tags. We quickly evaluated victims using respiration (<30 per minute), perfusion (capillary refill on nail bed in 2 seconds or less), and mental status (can respond to simple questions and commands.) After the class room presentation and videos, we practiced what we learned in the parking lot using Teddy Bear victims. Emergency managers believe trained, non-medical folks like CERT volunteers are good for triage since we are less likely to be tempted to stop and treat victims. The class was interesting, fun, and gave us some practical skills.

Instructor Cecil Teeters

Instructor Cecil Teeters

Deceased Victim

Deceased Victim

Re-evaluating triage categories

Re-evaluating triage categories

Preparing to transport victims in the yellow, group 2 category

Preparing to transport victims in the yellow, group 2 category

Transportation Officer giving assignments

Transportation Officer giving assignments

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