Improving Trauma Care Worldwide

National Guideline for the Field Triage of Injured Patients

In the United States, unintentional injury remains the leading cause of death and years of potential life lost among children and young adults, and the third most common cause of death overall. Injury is the most common reason for use of 9-1-1 emergency medical services (EMS) in the US, with EMS playing a critical role in the early evaluation and care of injured patients. An important aspect of EMS care is field triage the process of identifying seriously injured patients in need of care in specialized trauma centers from among the larger number of patients with minor to moderate injuries who can be cared for in non-trauma hospitals.

Click here to read the new guidelines for the field triage of injured patients.