ASTM F1654 - 95(2012)

    Standard Guide for Training and Evaluation of Individuals Who are Responsible for or Perform Triage in a Prehospital Environment

    Active Standard ASTM F1654 | Developed by Subcommittee: F30.02

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    This guide is intended for use by those responsible for the development and implementation of training programs, that include competency evaluation, for triage in the prehospital environment.

    This guide is not intended to be used by itself, but as a component of Guide F1288.

    This guide acknowledges many types of individuals with varying levels of emergency medical training. It also establishes a minimum training standard and encourages the addition of optional knowledge, skill, and attitudinal objectives.

    A vital role in the development and operational application of triage is that of medical control. This guide should be used by medical directors in the determination of operational and medical protocols for use during MCIs and coordinated with those who are responsible for training.

    At the beginning of the program, students shall be informed of the course objectives and requirements for successful completion.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers minimum requirements for the training and evaluation of individuals who perform triage at an emergency medical incident involving multiple casualties in a prehospital environment.

    1.2 All training will be in accordance with Guide F1653.

    1.3 Included in this guide is a standard for knowledge and skill evaluation.

    1.4 Operating within the framework of this guide may expose personnel to hazardous materials, procedures and equipment. For additional information see Practice F1031 and Guides F1219, F1253, F1285, F1288, F1453 and F1489.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific precautionary statements, see the document cited in Footnote 3.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1031 Practice for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic)

    F1177 Terminology Relating to Emergency Medical Services

    F1219 Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) to Perform Patient Initial and Detailed Assessment

    F1253 Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) to Perform Patient Secondary Assessment

    F1285 Guide for Training the Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) to Perform Patient Examination Techniques

    F1288 Guide for Planning for and Response to a Multiple Casualty Incident

    F1453 Guide for Training and Evaluation of First Responders Who Provide Emergency Medical Care

    F1489 Guide for Performance of Patient Assessment by the Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic)

    F1653 Guide for Scope of Performance of Triage in a Prehospital Environment


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.100.30 (Management of human resources); 11.160 (First aid)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/F1654-95R12

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