JumpSTART Pediatric Triage Algorithm

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JumpSTART Pediatric Triage AlgorithmD

Adapted from JumpSTART Pediatric Triage Algorithm

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Background information

  • JumpSTART, a pediatric version of START, was developed at the Miami, Florida Children's Hospital in 1995 by Dr. Lou Romig. 1
  • A modification was published in 2001. 2
  • Formal scientific review of the efficacy of JumpStart has been limited. 3,4
  • JumpSTART is probably the most commonly used pediatric mass casualty triage algorithm in the US.

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  1. JumpSTART (Team Life Support, Inc., Commercial web site, no endorsement implied)
  2. Romig LE. Pediatric triage, a system to JumpSTART your triage of young patients at MCIs. JEMS. 2002 Jul;27(7):52-8, 60-3 [PubMed Citation]
  3. Wallis LA, Carley S. Comparison of paediatric major incident primary triage tools. Emerg Med J. 2006 Jun;23(6):475-8 [PubMed Citation]
  4. Sanddal TL, Loyacono T, Sanddal ND. Effect of JumpSTART trainng on immediate and short-term pediatric triage performance. Pediatr Emerg Care 2004; 20:749-753. [PubMed Citation]
  5. Jones N, White ML, Tofil N, Pickens M, Youngblood A, Zinkan L, Baker MD. Randomized trial comparing two mass casualty triage systems (JumpSTART versus SALT) in a pediatric simulated mass casualty event. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014 Jul-Sep;18(3):417-23. [PubMed Citation]
  6. Debono P, Debattista J, Attard-Montalto S, Pace D. Adequacy of pediatric triage. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Jun;6(2):151-4. [PubMed Citation]