"In the event of a mass casualty incident, local emergency responders will be faced with the challenge of identifying, categorizing, triaging, and tracking large numbers of patients. As the scale of the event increases, so does the need for expanded assistance-from the local, state, regional, and federal levels, including health care coalitions and other health systems. Organizing appropriate transport and matching appropriate patients to the transportation can be challenging. Patient tracking takes a coordinated effort with all involved to identify a system that works in specific jurisdictions. This Topic Collection includes resources on patient movement from area healthcare facilities and tracking that can help emergency planners and responders learn more about various levels of assistance available, how to request it, how it is activated, and lessons learned from recent events."
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov/