Alternative Health Care Facility: Concept of Operations for the Off-Site Triage, Treatment, and Transportation Center (OST3C) Mass Casualty Care Strategy for a Chemical Terrorism Incident [open pdf - 2MB]
The Chemical Weapons Improved Response Program (CWIRP) has developed an alternative health care facility, herein referred to as the Off-site Triage, Treatment, and Transportation Center (OST3C or Center). This facility will supplement a community's existing health care system in managing the overwhelming number of casualties, both actual and psychosomatic, following a terrorist incident. Specifically the OST3C is meant to care for those patients who have been triaged 'Minimal' at the scene, those patients who are worried that they might have been exposed, and those who self-refer to the Center. The Concept of Operations for the Off-Site Triage, Treatment, and Transportation Center was written to assist planners, administrators, responders, medical professionals, public health, and emergency management personnel better prepare for and provide mass casualty care. This document presents the philosophy of care for the OST3C as well as operational planning considerations. The OST3C Concept of Operations is meant to be flexible and modular. The intention of this document is to provide jurisdictions with a basic understanding of the OST3C so that they can customize the concept to fit their specific needs and incorporate their version of the Center into the larger response effort.