The Disaster Of A Disaster Worker

1871 WordsMay 5, 20178 Pages
Introduction When a disaster occurs all health care personnel are required to report to different tasks, in which could be more intense than their usual routines. As a disaster service worker, after a huge earthquake happens, I am required to triage groups of injured people. As I move along in checking the patients, one of the patients I end up needing to treat is my friend. I’m doing the best I can to stop the blood from coming out, but she is bleeding heavily. I am unable to stop the bleeding, however she pleads that I stay with her until someone else can help. Being that I am a disaster service worker it is my job to make sure that all the patients that are injured have a chance to survive and be seen. I tagged my friend red and moved…show more content…
Triage is also used when used trying to prioritize medical equipment in the hospital (Stoppler, 1996). In the hospital the nurses have to document patients that enter and the severity of their injuries. The reason for that is because there are other people in the hospitals that were waiting, and this can determine how long patients need to wait to be seen. Considering the criteria that nurses or medical staffs evaluate, other than the patients’ medical statuses can cause them to want to help everyone that want to be seen. When there is a non-medical situation, they may help they people in need of specialized assistance first. It is important to make sure that when helping patients the health care personnel make the right decision in prioritizing. During a mass casualty situation, for instance, a huge earthquake, or a natural disaster, disaster triage is used. The large amounts of people involved in the disaster that are injured usually include minor injuries, severe injuries, and in some cases death. In this situation, disaster triage will be used to seek the ones who need immediate care and people who need assistance but can survive either way. One system that triage workers use is “Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment” also known as START (Stoppler, 1996). The different categories consist of the diseased, injured people who can be transported to a hospital, someone who is injured but can wait for help, and those with minor injuries ad don’t require immediate care.
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