Key priorities

A forward command vehicle

During a major incident our key priorities are, in this order:

  • command and Control – establishing the right structure and resources for an effective response
  • safety – of staff and patients as far as practicable
  • communications – and co-ordination, both on and off site
  • assessment - of healthcare needs and patient decontamination requirements
  • triage – ensuring that the right patient is treated at the right time
  • treatment – ensuring the most effective treatment is given according to condition and evacuation plan
  • transport – removal of patients to appropriate facilities under the continuing care of staff with the right competencies.