The 2021 National Guidelines for the Field Triage of Injured Patients or “Guidelines” are now available. A multidisciplinary expert panel led by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) undertook this review with support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Office of Maternal and Child Health, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the EMS for Children program. .
For three decades, the guidelines have been widely adopted by trauma systems in the United States to support decision making by EMS clinicians in transport destination determinations for injured patients. The goal was to ensure that seriously injured patients were transported to the most clinically appropriate trauma centers.
The 2021 revision was based on a review of scientific literature conducted by Oregon Health and Science University as well as results from a broad stakeholder feedback tool, which aimed to capture people’s perspectives on the ground.
National Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients: Recommendations from the National Field Triage Expert Panel, 2021
Journal of Trauma Surgery