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Prehospital reflections: diagnosing apnoea at a multiple casualty chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident
  1. Michael Malpas
  1. West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Hazardous Area Response Team, Regional Headquarters, Millennium Point, Waterfront Business Park, Waterfront Way, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, UK
  1. Correspondence to Michael Malpas, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Hazardous Area Response Team, Regional Ambulance Headquarters, Millennium Point, Waterfront Business Park, Waterfront WayBrierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1LX, UK; mike.malpas{at}nhs.net

Abstract

During a multiple casualty chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incident it is imperative that triage is accurately undertaken to use resources effectively and give the greatest chance of survival to those who need it. This reflection explores an option to assist in this matter by proposing a colorimetric breathing detection system, while remembering that this it is untested, may be a useful aid.

  • Mass casualty
  • chemical hazard release
  • chemical warfare agents
  • chemical terrorism
  • triage
  • resuscitation

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.

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