International Cruciform® features
General information about the Cruciform System can be found here or by browsing the Triage/Cruciform links on the left.
Find below additional features of the International "Cruciform" card that aren't found in any other Triage Tags. Designed especially for the USA and Canada, it truly is a system not just a tag - there is seamless integration from first medical contact right through to ER admission:
- Colour coding
- The colour codes are clear, bright and large, ensuring no confusion as to the patient's status even from a distance.
- Colour coding has words on it just in case someone isn’t familiar with the colour codes and as an additional backup the colours are priority numbered.
- Ability to change the colour code as the condition changes and to document that and the reason why on the form.
- The unique grey/black allows for identification and documentation of those patients who are expectant and provides an area for documenting pronouncement of death.
- Each patient given a unique identification number
...which is on their wrist band and identification sticky labels. Can use the barcode if you’ve a barcode reader but the number works great for id and communicating about the patient (ie patient 00123 RED with chest injuries arriving at triage in 3 minutes).
- Labels can be used to id the location found at scene markedly improving investigation and post-incident reconstruction which is entirely missing in north America and impedes our ability to improve care and response.
- Labels can be used on requisitions, admissions chart, personal belongings etc..
- Label is integrated into all aspects of the triage card so if one part comes apart somehow, it is easy to know what chart / patient it belongs to.
- Pre-hospital and CBRNE Hazmat Casualty Assessment module
- Clear easy CBRNE documentation and aide-memoire in one.
- START triage documentation and aide-memoire allows for multiple recordings reflecting the reality in the field and allowing for medical personnel to see the progression and changes of the patient situation (answering that annoying question 'why' are they red/yellow etc!).
- Simple clear documentation of field or first contact injuries uses ITLS terms that are familiar to EMS and Emergency Room personnel.
The Inner "Cruciform" part is unique in that it forms an ongoing record and chart for the patient that closely follows those used in ER's.
- The Casualty Assessment Module on the inner left has an assessment checklist, which is known to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of care and provides easy time efficient methods of documenting patient care.
- The Trauma Score Module employs and documents Advanced Triage scoring that provides a clear picture of the patient’s progress and means staff don’t have to refer to other references or memory for this information.
- The Additional Observations Module allows for easy recording of orders and documentations of results/actions in one place. It also allows for documentation of family members facilitating reconciliation and reporting procedures.
- The Casualty Details Module is designed to allow for critical information needed by police and others in identifying patients and caregivers while maintaining privacy and providing a link to existing information. This information is also helpful in post-incident reconstruction, lessons-learned and after action reporting. It is carbon copied so that those, who need to have it, can access it without needing the entire chart, protecting patient privacy while not compromising care, identification, reporting or investigating.