Evaluations on Triage Applications for Chemical Casualties in Chemically Contaminated Area


  • Levent Kenar
  • Mehmet Eryılmaz

Received Date: 23.09.2009 Accepted Date: 29.09.2009 Eurasian J Emerg Med 2009;8(4):9-13

In mass casualty situation occurred due to attacks involving chemical weapons either in peacetime or in a battlefield, triage is absolutely required for categorizing the casualties in accordance with medical care priorities. While applying triage system for chemical casualties, in particular available medical resources and medical treatment facilities and also maximally utilization of medical assets should be taken into consideration by experienced triage officers who are most familiar with the natural course of the injury presented and have highly information on medical assets. There are several triage systems applied to chemical casualties but not standardized. An effective and excellent triage application would not only reduce the destroying effects of chemical weapons on people but also increase the casualty survival.

Keywords: Medical management, Triage, Chemical Weapon, First aid