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Mass Casualty Triage in Rural Settings – Sorting Through the Confusion WEBINAR
October 18, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
This training will be via WEBINAR and access instructions will be emailed to participants.
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This session will challenge the “It can’t happen here” mentality we often see. There are unique challenges when discussing a rural response to a mass casualty incident. Most response agencies are staffed by volunteers, many who hold full time jobs in other communities. The likelihood of responders themselves, family & friends being victims of the incident provides some ethical and psychological challenges. The session will discuss several components to MCI response in rural settings and concludes with a participant centered activity where the learner to applies knowledge gained.
History has shown us time and again that an event can occur that results in a large number of casualties and fatalities. Transportations incidents, industrial accidents, natural disasters and intentional acts create the need for everyone to be aware of the challenges that can be faced during an event where need is greater than a community’s capability to immediately respond. Many individuals receive training on the concept of Mass Casualty Triage and some have applied these skills in either real life or in a drill situation. Mass casualty incidents are a public health emergency. As such, responders need to educate themselves about the potential for mass casualty incidents, the concept of disaster triage, and the challenges that can be faced. In doing so, they begin the process of planning how to mitigate these challenges.
While this session has been developed to be delivered to a wide reaching live audience including hospital, EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement and Industry, we have found it to be exceptionally well received when geared towards all of the above in a rural setting. Using examples from past large scale events that have affected rural communities, we challenge the “It can’t happen here” mentality that is so prevalent in small town USA. There are unique challenges when discussing a rural response to a mass casualty incident. Most response agencies are staffed by volunteers, many who hold full time jobs in other communities. In addition, the likelihood of organizational staff, volunteer responders or family members being victims of the incident is amplified and provides additional ethical and psychological challenges. Put simply, at a rural mass casualty incident, workers can expect to personally know some of the victims. This fact is drawn upon in the virtual activity performed during the conclusion of the workshop and drives home the need to address these issues beforehand.
This session explores the challenges that go beyond simply working with injured patients. Participants immediately draw upon their personal histories, the communities where they live and work, and their personal professions to identify where they will fit into the response process. Building upon these relationships, workshop attendees then identify specific hazards and challenges that apply to their locale, organization or company. The concept of triage and the standardized triage categories are defined and discussed with examples provided for each that helps to bridge the knowledge gap.