Training and education have long been accepted as integrant to disaster readiness, but many currently taught practices are neither evidence-based nor standardized. The need for effective disaster training of emergency personnel at all levels has been designated by the disaster response community as a high priority. Triage is a process during emer-gency care which aims at maximizing the provided care in a situation where the availa-ble resources are limited by diagnosing injuries and categorizing patients into groups to determine the priority for treatment and transport. The electronic triage tag framework increases the quality and amount of medical care for patients in such situations and in-creases the efficiency of the entire triage process.
This thesis evaluates the main charac-teristics and differences of a conventional triage system and an electronic triage system, utilizing RFID tags and a client/server approach based on wireless communication.
In-formation gathering is performed by the mobile triage devices with integrated RFID reader. Adoption of mobile computing technology can potentially improve information access, enhance workflow, and promote evidence-based practice to make informed and effective decisions in the triage process. Handheld computers or personal digital assis-tants (PDAs) offer portable and unobtrusive access to clinical data and relevant infor-mation at the point of care. The education of emergency personnel during the chan-geover from the conventional triage system to the electronic triage system using mobile triage devices is the central part of this thesis.