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Burn Disaster & Emergency Preparedness

As New Jersey’s only designated burn treatment facility The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas takes the lead in establishing burn disaster response throughout the northeast region.

Experts’ estimate that up to 30% of those injured in a mass casualty will sustain serious burn injury; injuries which can quickly overwhelm the resources of any burn center. To address this concern for New Jersey, The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas has developed a 96-hour burn mass casualty incident (BMCI) plan. This plan goes into effect only when a burn disaster is declared by the Burn Medical Director and/or the New Jersey State Department of Health and Human Services. (NJ DOHHS)

Following American Burn Association recommendations for disaster response, primary triage is conducted over the first twenty-four hours for patients to be transported to NJ hospitals designated by The Burn Center as Tier Facilities. Secondary triage is conducted over the next seventy-two hours to identify which of those patients should be transferred to either The Burn Center at Saint Barnabas or to Eastern Regional Burn Disaster Consortium burn centers.

Open PDF of Burn Tier Matrix
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