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Burn & Trauma Preparedness


The Burn Cart Drill for NYC Burn Disaster Receiving Hospitals: July 3, 2010: The goal of this Burn Cart Drill is to test the ability of each Burn Disaster Receiving Hospital to locate and mobilize the burn cart that the facility received from DOHMH.

The Burn Disaster Response Project: provides burn equipment, technology solutions and training in the event of a large-scale MCI with burns.

Mass casualties caused by burns: CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response Information

Mass Casualty Preparedness Plans
The following documents, protocols, and plans are being provided by the NYC DOHMH as examples of promising mass casualty practices. These planning tools have been created by the Centers for Bioterrorism Preparedness and Planning during 2004-2006.

The on-line publication of these documents does not mean that the NYC DOHMH endorses or recommends these protocols. These documents should be considered for discussion and development purposes only, and may offer new, yet unproven, ideas and solutions to disaster planning activities. Each hospital or network that has submitted documents for Promising Practices has agreed to the on-line sharing of these documents and acknowledges that all preparedness planning tools are in constant revision.

Hospital Preparedness Task Force for Patients with Burns
Beginning in January 2006, BHPP issued a competitive grant to enhance regional burn surge capacity plans in the event of a citywide burn disaster. The New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, Inc. (NYPHS) was selected to lead this working group.

Under the leadership of NYPHS, The New York City Hospital Preparedness Task Force for Patients with Burns developed a guidance document for a tiered burn triage and treatment protocol for treating up to 400 adult and pediatric burn victims as a result of a burn disaster.

This guidance document provides recommendations for modified burn care triage, treatment, referral and transfer guidelines. It covers initial triage and transport of burn victims by Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (Pre-Hospital Care Providers), uniform treatment of burn victims in non-burn facilities with varying levels of experience for treatment of burns and also addresses the tiered prioritization of facilities for patient care.

In its second year, the Burn Task Force will seek to expand the guidance document to include a role for non-acute care facilities, develop burn care training modules and a burn disaster response tabletop toolkit, for use in testing regional burn center relationships across the tri-state. Documents will be shared with hospitals as they are developed and finalized.

For more information on the New York City Hospital Preparedness Task Force for Patients with Burns,
contact Lewis Soloff, MD, at

NYC Regional Trauma Centers
New York City has 17 NYS certified trauma centers and 2 NYS certified pediatric centers

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Last Updated: June 21, 2013