Usefulness of a multiplying factor in predicting the final number of victims during a mass casualty incident.

OBJECTIVE Whenever a mass casualty incident (MCI) occurs, it is essential to anticipate the final number of victims to dispatch the adequate number of ambulances. In France, the custom is to multiply the initial number of prehospital victims by 2-4 to predict the final number. However, no one has yet validated this multiplying factor (MF) as a predictive… CONTINUE READING