A consensus based template for reporting of pre-hospital major incident medical management
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Original versionFattah et al.; A consensus based template for reporting of pre-hospital major incident medical management. Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2014, 22: 10.1186/1757-7241-22-5
Background: Structured reporting of major incidents has been advocated to improve the care provided at future incidents. A systematic review identified ten existing templates for reporting major incident medical management, but these templates are not in widespread use. We aimed to address this challenge by designing an open access template for uniform reporting of data from pre-hospital major incident medical management that will be tested for feasibility. Methods: An expert group of thirteen European major incident practitioners, planners or academics participated in a four stage modified nominal group technique consensus process to design a novel reporting template. Initially, each expert proposed 30 variables. Secondly, these proposals were combined and each expert prioritized 45 variables from the total of 270. Thirdly, the expert group met in Norway to develop the template. Lastly, revisions to the final template were agreed via e-mail. Results: The consensus process resulted in a template consisting of 48 variables divided into six categories;pre-incident data, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) background, incident characteristics, EMS response, patient characteristics and key lessons. Conclusions: The expert group reached consensus on a set of key variables to report the medical management of pre-hospital major incidents and developed a novel reporting template. The template will be freely available for downloading and reporting on www.majorincidentreporting.org. This is the first global open access database for pre-hospital major incident reporting. The use of a uniform dataset will allow comparative analysis and has potential to identify areas of improvement for future responses.
After the publication of our article “A consensus based template for reporting of pre-hospital major incident medical management” Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med 2013, 22:5, we noticed that The Major Incident Reporting Collaborators were not included as authors. They have now been added at the end of the author list. The group consists of Gareth Davies, Michel Debacker, Erik Frischknecht Christensen, Juhana Hallikainen, Troels Martin Hansen, Jorine Juffermans, Per Kulling, Vidar Magnusson, Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, Kai Milke, Anders Ruter, Stephen JM Sollid, Wolfgang Voelckel.