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Usefulness of a multiplying factor in predicting the final number of victims during a mass casualty incident

from European Journal of Emergency Medicine

Whenever a mass casualty incident (MCI) occurs, it is essential to anticipate the final number of victims to dispatch the adequate number of ambulances. In France, the custom is to multiply the initial number of pre-hospital victims by 2–4 to predict the final number. However, no one has yet validated this multiplying factor (MF) as a predictive tool. We aimed to build a statistical model to predict the final number of victims from their initial count. more

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