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Templates for reporting pre-hospital major incident medical management: systematic literature review
  1. Sabina Fattah1,2,
  2. Marius Rehn1,
  3. Eirik Reierth3,
  4. Torben Wisborg2,4
  1. 1Department of Research and Development, Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, Drobak, Norway
  2. 2Anaesthesia and Critical Care Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
  3. 3Science and Health Library, University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
  4. 4Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hammerfest Hospital, Finnmark Health Trust, Hammerfest, Norway
  1. Correspondence to Sabina Fattah; sabina.fattah{at}


Introduction In 2010, a total of 385 natural disasters killed more than 297 000 people worldwide and affected over 217 million others. More standardised reporting of major incident management have been advocated in the previous years. Prevention, mitigation, preparedness and major incident response may be improved through collection and analysis of high-quality standardised data on medical management of major incidents. Standardised data may elevate the level of scientific evidence within disaster medicine research.

Methods and analysis A systematic literature review will be conducted to identify templates for reporting pre-hospital major incident medical management. The first set of entry terms aims to describe major incidents published during the last 20 years. The second set aims to focus the number of search results from the first set to those publications that describe templates based on data collections from these major incidents. Predefined free search phases will be combined with the first two sets.

Ethics and dissemination The results will be submitted for publication in an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal. The PRISMA checklist will be applied. No ethics approval is considered indicated, as this is a literature review only.

Registration details This review is registered in PROSPERO (registration number: CRD42012002051).

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non commercial and is otherwise in compliance with the license. See: and

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  • To cite: Fattah S, Rehn M, Reierth E, et al. Templates for reporting pre-hospital major incident medical management: systematic literature review. BMJ Open 2012;2:e001082. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001082

  • Contributors SF, MR and TW conceived the idea and designed the study. ER designed the search strategy for the literature search. SF, MR, ER and TW approved the final version of the manuscript.

  • Funding The Norwegian Air Ambulance employs SF and MR as research fellows. ER and TW received departmental funding only.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.