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Adler, Christine; Krüsmann, Marion; Greiner-Mai, Thomas; Donner, Anton; Mulero Chaves, Javier; Via Estrem, Àngels (2011): IT-Supported Management of Mass Casualty Incidents: The e-Triage Project. 8th International ISCRAM Conference, 8. - 11. Mai 2011, Lisbon, Portugal.


Voice, analogue mobile radio, and paper have been successfully used for decades for coordination of emergencies and disasters, but although being simple and robust this approach cannot keep pace with today’s requirements any more. Emerging and established digital communication standards open the door to new applications and services, but the expected benefit needs to be carefully evaluated against robustness, interoperability, and user-friendliness. This paper describes a framework for IT-supported management of mass casualty incidents, which is currently under implementation and study. The four pillars of the concept are handheld devices for use both in daily rescue operations and in disasters, autonomous satellite-based communication infrastructure, a distributed database concept for maximal availability, and psychological acceptance research.