Letters Medical response to terrorism

Triaging in the face of terror

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4865 (Published 23 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4865
  1. Chris B Yates, FY2
  1. Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington NE23 6NZ, UK
  1. chris_yates111{at}hotmail.com

Gulland describes how doctors rose to the challenge of the recent terror attacks in the UK.1 Before (and as the direct trigger for) becoming a junior doctor, I was deployed to Afghanistan with the British army and witnessed first hand the effect of mass casualty events and the importance of rapid triage in those first crucial moments.

Accurate triaging of patients into categories T1-3 (not dissimilar to the paramedic “priority” …

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