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Challenges and Issues in Hospital Mass Casualty Triage
Release and Expiration Dates
Release Date: 07/28/2023
Expiration Date: 07/28/2026
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Challenges and Issues in Hospital Mass Casualty Triage

Program Overview

What is the purpose of secondary triage?

A. To perform START triage

B. To conduct a comprehensive examination of all patients

C. To assess patients who were not immediately found in the initial response

D. To reevaluate each​ patient's priority for treatment and transport

Join Dr. John Hicks to find out the answer and to learn more about the key aspects, differences and challenges with primary, secondary and tertiary triage.

Estimated completion time:  >60 minutes

Target Audience: The Trauma healthcare team and other clinical departments.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be better able to:

1. List the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary triage.

2. Describe key aspects of secondary surgical triage.

3. Differentiate the triage challenges between penetrating and conventional mass casualty events.

Moderator: Heather Finch
Faculty Presenter: Dr. John Hick

Presenter Bio

John Hick is an emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. He is medical director for emergency preparedness and an EMS medical director there and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Minnesota. He also serves as the lead editor for ASPR's TRACIE healthcare preparedness website.


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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CE Credit
1 COP Credit
1 TCAA CME Credit
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