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5 Oct 2018

Toxi Triage Project

Loughborough University are part expert team of researchers on the Toxi-Triage project. The Design School, led my Prof. Sue Hignett, are making the link between the scientists, technology developers and the end users; using Ergonomics and Human Factors research on pre-hospital care, they have analysed the system and human interactions that occur in the event of a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear) incident.

The research looks at how responders (fire, ambulance, police and military) currently work at both pre-hospital (at the incident scene) and hospital Emergency Departments to see the opportunities for technology and how it could be incorporated in the health and care systems.

Developing a system map to highlight hierarchies, actions, and lines of communication in these events, the team’s aim is to develop a co-ordinated plan for all professionals and nationalities to understand – ultimately for effective communication, planning, action and reflection to create a structure of command with a unified terminology. Having this type of robust plan for any CBRN incident can be the difference between life and death.

(Pictured; Sue Hignett, Graham Hancox and Saydia Razak)

See more on the Toxi-triage project.