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In 2010, the Safe States Alliance, with financial and technical support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), selected three states through a competitive application process to learn more about facilitators and barriers states face in adopting and implementing the 2006 Field Triage Decision Scheme.


The selected states - Kansas, Massachusetts, and Michigan – assembled a multi-disciplinary team of decision-makers from within their state to attend a kick-off meeting in Atlanta, GA in May 2010. These teams worked together for one-and-a-half days to begin crafting an action plan for implementing the Field Triage Decision Scheme in at least two regions or local areas of their state. State teams then submitted an action plan including a description of what they planned to accomplish over a six month time period towards adopting and implementing the Decision Scheme in their state. States received up to $18,000 for their adoption and implementation efforts as well as technical support from CDC and the Safe States Alliance.


The CDC and Safe States also engaged a group of national organizations to promote support among their members for adoption and implementation of the Decision Scheme. To facilitate this effort, the Safe States Alliance and the CDC hosted a meeting of national organizations in November 2009. Attendees included representatives from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO), the National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Following the meeting, each national organization was asked to create, and to commit themselves to, an action plan for adopting, disseminating, and assisting their members in implementing the Decision Scheme over the course of one year.


The primary purpose of the evaluation described in this report was to systematically gather information that would be useful for gaining a better understanding of the barriers and facilitators associated with implementing the 2006 Field Triage Decision Scheme. In addition, efforts were taken to explore the role of the national organizations engaged in this effort.



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Field Triage Implementation and Evaluation Update Webinar

Speaker Slides: Amber Williams

Speaker Slides: Scott Sasser

Co-hosted by CDC and Safe States Alliance, the webinar, Field Triage Implementation and Evaluation Update, was held on Thursday, August 30, 2012. It provides updates on implementation strategies from state public health leaders and gives details on the impact evaluation of the Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients. Featured speakers: Amber Williams, Executive Director, Safe States Alliance, Scott Sasser, MD, FACEP, Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine. Moderated by Terica Scott, MA, Health Communications Specialist, Division of Injury Response, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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