This program is 3-4 hours in length and designed for rescuers with knowledge of first aid through firefighter/ paramedic. It is a fast, accurate way to determine the critically ill from the walking wounded before the use of medical equipment is required. Rescuers new to EMS as well as seasoned veterans will find the S.T.A.R.T. Triage concept a valuable tool in any mass casualty situation. Students participate in classroom lecture and “hands-on” field triage training drills.
The Race against Time
On what major incidents has START been used?
Unfortunately it was used at two well-known terrorist incidents, the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City.
How quickly can a patient be triaged using the START criteria?
After initial training rescuers can triage each victim in 60 seconds or less.
Does a rescuer need special skills, education or tools to triage victims?
This triage system was designed for rescuers with knowledge of first aid. As victims are encountered basic lifesaving care is administered. An airway is manually opened or a pressure dressing applied. Bystanders can be used and the rescuer moves to the next victim. Medical equipment should not be used at this point.