Item: Remote reverse triage in avalanche rescue
Title: Remote reverse triage in avalanche rescue
Proceedings: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop September 21-27, 2008
Abstract: Remote reverse triage is an effective tool to optimize survival chances in companion and organizedavalanche rescue. In the majority of cases avalanche accidents with multiple burials lead to a shortageof rescue resources, the rescue party is usually incapable of providing optimal rescue efforts to all buriedsubjects simultaneously. The shortage of resources leads to a selection based on the chronologicalorder the buried subjects are located and excavated.Remote reverse triage algorithms optimize this sequence by targeting survival chance optimization forall the buried subjects. Similar triage algorithms can be found for rescue environments with a comparableset of problems, i.e. earthquake rescue.Unfortunately, triage does not have an appropriate place in course curriculums today and the image oftriage suffers from irrational myths. It is an important task of modern educators to inform trainees in arational manner about triage algorithms starting at a very early stage in avalanche rescue training.
Presenters: Mr Manuel Genswein.