"MedTRIS" (Medical Triage and Registration Informatics System): A Web-based Client Server System for the Registration of Patients Being Treated in First Aid Posts at Public Events and Mass Gatherings

Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016 Oct;31(5):557-62. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X16000728. Epub 2016 Aug 8.


First aid (FA) services are provisioned on-site as a preventive measure at most public events. In Flanders, Belgium, the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders (BRCF) is the major provider of these FA services with volunteers being deployed at approximately 10,000 public events annually. The BRCF has systematically registered information on the patients being treated in FA posts at major events and mass gatherings during the last 10 years. This information has been collected in a web-based client server system called "MedTRIS" (Medical Triage and Registration Informatics System). MedTRIS contains data on more than 200,000 patients at 335 mass events. This report describes the MedTRIS architecture, the data collected, and how the system operates in the field. This database consolidates different types of information with regards to FA interventions in a standardized way for a variety of public events. MedTRIS allows close monitoring in "real time" of the situation at mass gatherings and immediate intervention, when necessary; allows more accurate prediction of resources needed; allows to validate conceptual and predictive models for medical resources at (mass) public events; and can contribute to the definition of a standardized minimum data set (MDS) for mass-gathering health research and evaluation. Gogaert S , Vande veegaete A , Scholliers A , Vandekerckhove P . "MedTRIS" (Medical Triage and Registration Informatics System): a web-based client server system for the registration of patients being treated in first aid posts at public events and mass gatherings. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016;31(5):557-562.

Keywords: BRCF Belgian Red Cross-Flanders; FA first aid; MDS minimum data set; MedTRIS Medical Triage and Registration Informatics System; PEF Patient Encounter Form; PPR patient presentation rate; data collection; first aid; mass gathering; patient registration system.

MeSH terms

  • Belgium
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • First Aid*
  • Humans
  • Informatics*
  • Internet*
  • Mass Behavior*
  • Registries*
  • Triage*