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Question: Triage

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You are triaging patients from a multi-casualty incident. The following patients are seen:

Patient A: Approximately 2 years old, ambulatory, crying, large 8cm parietal hematoma, obvious right humeral deformity

Patient B: Approximately 5 years old, unresponsive, apneic after airway positioning and 5 rescue breaths, weak palpable pulse

Patient C: Approximately 3 years old, responsive to painful stimuli, breathing at 40 breaths per minute, very weak palpable pulse

Patient D: Approximately 7 years old, unresponsive, breathing at 30 breaths per minute, weak palpable pulse

Which patient receives first priority?

pemsou5_wp • December 12, 2017

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  1. Kelly December 16, 2017 - 1:06 am Reply

    Patient D
    Using the Jump Start algorithm patients can be divided into minor (green), delayed response (yellow), immediate response (red), and deceased (black). Priority should be given to those in the immediate group; using the limited resources in a multi-casualty incident on patients in the deceased group will not maximize the number of survivors. In a NON multi-casualty scenario, full resuscitation efforts would be attempted in those in the deceased group, but priorities change in multi-casualty incidents with limited resources. Patient A is minor, B is deceased, C is delayed, and D is immediate. You can practice your triage skills at (register to play)

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