Pediatric triage. A system to JumpSTART your triage of young patients at MCIs

JEMS. 2002 Jul;27(7):52-8, 60-3.


No matter how well we plan and train, every MCI is an exercise in gaining control over chaos. Emotions can sometimes get in the way. An MCI with pediatric victims is an additional emotional challenge that must be met by using objective tools so we can avoid needless mistakes in medical judgment. JumpSTART, used in conjunction with an adult triage tool such as START, can help to ensure that we not only meet the needs of all our MCI victims, but also address our own needs to provide the very best care for the children we encounter.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Child
  • Decision Making
  • Disasters*
  • Emergency Medical Services / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Emotions
  • Health Planning
  • Humans
  • Judgment
  • Pediatrics / methods
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Triage / methods
  • Triage / standards*