Health Sciences Education Symposium

First Author Information

Jeffrey D. Ferguson, MD, NRP, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine

Additional Author(s) Information

Peter Moffett, MD, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Date of Submission

May 2017

Abstract/Short Description

Providing education on medical care and triage during mass casualty incidents (MCI) can be challenging. Table top exercises lack the impact of a hands-on experience necessary to emphasize the scale of a real event, while full scale events are often time and resource intensive. We present a novel method using low-cost stuffed bears to expose learners to MCI triage methodology and medical care.


Primary objective: Rapidly train providers in SALT Triage.

Secondary objective: Develop a low cost, time efficient, and easily reproducible mass casualty incident educational model.


ACGME Program Requirements for GME in Emergency Medicine 2016.

Lerner EB, et al. Mass casualty triage: an evaluation of the data and development of a proposed national guideline. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2008 Sep;2 Suppl 1:S25-34.

SALT mass casualty triage: endorsed by ACEP, ACS-COT, ATS, NAEMSP, NDLS Education Consortium, and State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2008 Dec;2(4):245-6.

Lee CW, McLeod SL, Peddle MB. First Responder Accuracy Using SALT after Brief Initial Training. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2015 Oct;30(5):447-51.


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VCU Medical Education Symposium