Planning for major burns incidents by implementing an accelerated Delphi technique

Burns. 2002 Aug;28(5):413-8. doi: 10.1016/s0305-4179(02)00107-9.


Objective: This paper presents a series of practical guides for use in planning and responding to a major incident involving large numbers of burns casualties.

Method: The guidance is based on the findings of an expert Delphi study published as an accompanying paper.

Results: The guidance covers preparation and all aspects of the response from prehospital care and hospital care to resolution recovery. Emphasis is placed on the management of the secondary/tertiary care interface as this is the point at which significant difficulties may arise. The importance of local interpretation of guidelines is emphasised.

Conclusion: This practical guide for emergency planners will improve the preparation and response to a major incident involving burns.

MeSH terms

  • Burn Units / standards
  • Burns / epidemiology*
  • Burns / therapy*
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Health Plan Implementation / standards*
  • Health Planning / standards*
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards*
  • Time Factors