Students attending healthcare training at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will soon have automated capabilities to track patients during mass casualty exercises.

The software includes the ability to scan bar codes on triage tags, linking patients directly to a specific number, ensuring that the patient is properly identified, especially when it comes to giving him or her medications. Additionally, photographs and pertinent information such as a patient’s name, age, gender, symptoms, associated injuries and treatment provided can also be recorded in the system. The software also allows students to securely transmit patient information to the incident command, hospital command center, and public health office, providing a common operating picture of the mass casualty incident, facilitating the community’s integrated response.

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