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5 MCI response tips

Updated May 4, 2015

Regardless of your agency's size, here are some tips you can use in such a scenario to provide the best possible care

What does a MCI look like for your agency? Is it five patients? Or 10? Or more than 20? MCI is defined by responder capabilities, not patient numbers. To better understand what would or would not be a MCI for your service, talk through past or potential scenarios with your co-workers to better understand what a MCI would look, sound, and feel like.

When responding to an MCI, remember these tips:

1. Plan and prepare using an all-hazards approach versus a specific plan for all potential incidents.

2. MCI response is not all-or-nothing. Use plan components, equipment, and ICS positions appropriate for the actual incident.

3. Communicate with receiving hospitals early and often about the number and severity of patients.

4. The first emergency responder(s) on scene need to identify and confirm the MCI, initiate the MCI plan, and initiate command. Next complete a scene size-up of hazards before starting triage or treatment.

5. Establish functional areas like staging, command post, and treatment areas early. Mark functional areas with flags, signs, tape, and lights.

Finally, make sure the Incident Commander stays put in an incident command post which could be a vehicle, trailer, or specific area.

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