Planning for major burns incidents in the UK using an accelerated Delphi technique

Burns. 2002 Aug;28(5):405-12. doi: 10.1016/s0305-4179(02)00108-0.


Background: Major incidents require careful planning if they are to be managed well. Although a generic plan to deal with all major incidents is essential, a number of "special incidents" deserve special consideration because of their potential to impact on specialist services. This paper examines the problems of managing a major incident involving large numbers of burns casualties.

Method: A three-round Delphi study was conducted using a multidisciplinary panel of experts from prehospital care, emergency medicine, burns surgery, intensive care and emergency planning.

Results: A series of consensus statements on the management of burns incidents are presented. An accompanying paper describes the practical implementation of this guidance.

Conclusion: Specific consideration should be given to the problems of managing a major incident involving burns casualties.

MeSH terms

  • Burn Units / standards
  • Burns / epidemiology*
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Consensus
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Health Planning / methods*
  • Health Planning / standards*
  • Humans
  • United Kingdom