Response to Armstrong et al

Nathaniel Hupert, Eric Hollingsworth, Wei Xiong
2008 Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness  
greater tolerance of triage errors as they are caught and corrected at successive levels of care. Is this kind of modeling study helpful? Yes. Despite some obvious limitations, the article generates a fruitful discussion surrounding a core question in disaster medicine: how does overtriage influence critical mortality? It also emphasizes more broadly the critical role that triage plays in determining outcome, and therefore, the importance of intensive training in triage among medical providers
more » ... ho may be confronted by the unique challenges of mass casualty care. In analyzing its flaws, we are reminded that "planning should take into consideration how people and organizations are likely to act, rather than expecting them to change their behavior to conform to the plan." 5 In essence, the article becomes a call for more research in triage, focused on an insightful combination of theoretical modeling with evidence from real-life experience.
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