MET-TAG™ - The Standard Since 1976

Every disaster of consequence proves one thing beyond all doubt: that a simple, standard, thoroughly functional casualty triage tag is needed if we are to be serious about maximizing the survival rate of victims. The METTAG Triage System was created by, and is manufactured by The American Civil Defense Association.

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Tested and developed under the scrutiny of doctors, nurses, firefighters, rescue personnel, industrial safety experts, travel safety directors, and civil defense specialists, the original METTAG™ MT-137 Triage Tag was developed by The American Civil Defense Association to MAXIMIZE SURVIVORS in war or any emergency that benefits from medical triage.

Many variations of Mettag Triage Tags have been used over the last several decades. Most tags, though, are far too complicated for rapid first response use. The need for a simple and effective triage tag without language barriers will always exist. METTAG™ is committed to keeping the MT-137 as close to its initial design over 40 years ago, much to the appreciation of the professionals for whom it was developed. The Original MT-137 Medical Emergency Triage Tag is constructed of a high-density damage resistant synthetic material and is printed using a special thermal printing process, allowing use in the harshest and most demanding field situations. Additionally, each Medical Emergency Triage Tag is equipped with a 30-inch elastic band, which is used for attaching the tag to the victim's body, usually around the neck or to an available limb.

Some notable features are:

  • Fire resistant
  • Water-proof
  • Chemical resistant
  • Tear-proof
  • UV light and heat resistant
  • A universal tool, with no language barriers, and minimal training for use
  • Standard graphic symbols and a four-color tear-off triaging system
  • Simple and effective tag for fast triaging in the field
  • Unique barcodes for use of tracking and identifying victims and their belongings
  • Proudly made in the USA

To purchase the MT-137 click here.

If you would like to be considered for a wholesale account, please call (801) 501-0077, (800) 425-5397 or email info@tacda.org.

TACDA™ is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the sales of METTAG™ triage tags.

The Original MT-137 Medical Emergency Triage Tag is constructed of a high-density damage resistant synthetic material, and is printed using a special thermal printing process, allowing use in the harshest and most demanding field situations. Additionally, each Medical Emergency Triage Tag is equipped with a 30-inch elastic band, which is used for attaching the tag to the victim's body, usually around the neck or to an available limb.

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The Standard Since 1976

Every disaster of consequence proves one thing beyond all doubt: that a simple, standard, thoroughly functional casualty triage tag is needed if we are to be serious about maximizing the survival rate of victims.

METTAG's MT-137 is the triage tag used to maximize survivors.

Tested and developed under scrutiny of doctors, nurses, firefighters, rescue personnel, industrial safety experts, travel safety directors, and civil defense specialists, the original METTAG MT-137 Triage Tag was launched in 1976.

Triage tags, of course, were nothing new even back then. Many variations of triage tags have been used over the last several decades. Most tags, though, are far too complicated for rapid first response use. The need for a simple and effective triage tag without language barriers will always exist. METTAG is committed to keeping the MT-137 as close to its initial design over 40 years ago, much to the appreciation of the professionals for whom it was developed.

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The MT-137 Medical Emergency Triage Tag

The Original METTAG™ MT-137 provides first responders and rescue personnel with the standard triaging features needed to enable them to perform a prompt and accurate assessment of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) victim's injuries and to easily record the data.

The MT-137 is used extensively by U.S. military units, fire and EMT personnel, as well as a large number of federal, state and local response agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Corrections, and state and local Emergency Management Agencies and Operations Centers.

In the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), where multiple victims are injured and require varying degrees of medical attention, it is absolutely imperative that first responders have a quick, easy, and reliable method of assessing victims and assigning them with an appropriate triage or priority status, based on the severity of their injuries. The MT-137 Triage Tag has been tested and proven for over 40 years to provide this method.

The Original MT-137 Medical Emergency Triage Tag is constructed of a high-density damage resistant synthetic material, and is printed using a special thermal printing process, allowing use in the harshest and most demanding field situations. Additionally, each Medical Emergency Triage Tag is equipped with a 30-inch elastic band, which is used for attaching the tag to the victim's body, usually around the neck or to an available limb.

Each MT-137 is coded with a unique sequential barcode serial number, which aids in the identification and tracking of victims and their belongings through the various phases of the triage and treatment processes, both in the field, as well as into the receiving hospital emergency care facilities. These unique serial numbers are conveniently located on both the top right and top left diagonal tear-offs, as well as on the lower color coded tear-offs.

By utilizing standard graphic symbols and a four-color tear-off triaging system, the Standard Medical Emergency Field Triage tag (MT-137) is truly a universal tool, in that it presents no language or literacy barriers, and can be used in the field by anyone, of any nationality, with minimal training or hands-on experience. A policy of using METTAG™ products in day-to-day emergencies will automatically establish familiarity and provide faster and more effective victim triaging in the event of an actual MCI or other emergency.

S.A.L.T. Triage Tag

The MT-501 S.A.L.T. Method Medical Emergency Triage Tag

MT-501, S.A.L.T. Method, Medical Emergency Triage Tag, MET-TAG

The CDC and the National S.A.L.T. Triage Model Training of Lewis County Washington EMS Council and Fire Chiefs are shared by permission.

Introducing our new MT-501 S.A.L.T. Method Medical Emergency Triage Tag!

The MT-501 was developed by TACDA/METTAG in conjunction with Gold Cross Ambulance and follows the triaging system guidelines suggested by the NHTSA (The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.) The MT-501 integrates the S.A.L.T. algorithm which is Sort, Assess, Life-saving interventions, and Treatment/Transport in a simple and quick use format.

  • Sort - Sort the walking wounded, those calling or waving for help, and those that are not moving.
  • Assess – Assess to find life-threatening injuries. Note findings with simple yes or no answers.
  • Life-Saving Interventions – Give necessary interventions to save life. Apply tourniquets, open airways, give breaths, and administer medications, within one minute of time. Tear off the perforated sections at the bottom of the tag indicating patient level of triage.
  • Treatment/Transport – After assessing patients and giving life-saving interventions, transport patients according to urgency of need by noting color coded tear offs at the bottom of the tag which are dead, immediate, expectant, delayed and minimal.

The MT-501 Medical Emergency Triage Tag is constructed of a high-density damage resistant synthetic material, and is printed using a special thermal printing process, allowing use in the harshest and most demanding field situations. Additionally, each Medical Emergency Triage Tag is equipped with a 30-inch elastic band, which is used for attaching the tag to the victim's body, usually around the neck or to an available limb.

Some notable features are:

  • Fire resistant
  • Water proof
  • Chemical resistant
  • Tear proof (except on intended perforations)
  • UV light and heat resistant
  • Simple and effective tag for fast triaging in the field
  • Unique barcodes for use of tracking and identifying victims and their belongings
  • Proudly made in the USA

If you would like to be considered for a wholesale account, please call (801) 501-0077, (800) 425-5397 or email info@tacda.org.

TACDA™ is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the sales of METTAG™ triage tags.

S.T.A.R.T. Triage Tag

The MT-START Medical Emergency Triage Tag

Start Triage Tag front and back

METTAG's S.T.A.R.T. Triage Tag follows the recommended triage approach S.T.A.R.T. developed by Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department in 1983. S.T.A.R.T. stands for "Simple Triage And Rapid Treatment." Simple triage and rapid treatment (START) is a triage method used by first responders to quickly classify victims during a mass casualty incident (MCI) based on the severity of their injury.

MT-START Features:

  • Printed on durable water-resistant, chemical resistant stock paper
  • Patient transport/identifier tear-offs on each side
  • Punch holes for string (not pre-strung)</li
  • Four color tear-off triaging system
  • UV light and heat resistant
  • Simple and effective tag for fast triaging in the field
  • Empty field for custom barcodes for use of tracking and identifying victims and their belongings
  • Proudly made in the USA

History of the START Tag courtesy of the National Library of Medicine:
START was developed by the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department and Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California in 1983. Initially it used the ability to obey commands, respiratory rate, and capillary refill to assign triage category. Modifications to START in 1996 by Benson et. al. substituted radial pulse for capillary refill, with a report of improved accuracy, especially in cold temperature. The Benson revision (START - SAVE [Secondary Assessment of Victim Endpoint]), also incorporates additional factors that determine "survivability" over time as the event progresses and assumes limited response resources. There has been limited rigorous scientific review of various forms of mass casualty incident triage used around the world. New methods of triage using new algorithms have been proposed, but not tested in the field. At present START remains the most used mass casualty triage algorithm in the US.

For printable S.T.A.R.T. instructions click here.

*Proudly made in the USA
*Please note: this S.T.A.R.T Triage Tag comes with string but is not pre-strung.

For a free sample, email info@mettag.com or call (800) 425-5397.
If you would like to be considered for a wholesale account, please call (801) 501-0077, (800) 425-5397 or email info@mettag.org.

Chemical/Biological Triage Tag

The CB-100 (Chem-Bio) Medical Emergency Triage Tag

Product Features:

  • Pack of 25
  • Most advanced Triage Tag
  • Constructed of a high-density damage resistant synthetic material and used in the harshest of environments. Resists fire, water, sunlight, chemical irritants, and tearing
  • Equipped with a 30” elastic band to attach to a victim’s body
  • Each tag coded with a unique sequential bar code serial number to identify the victim and their belongings as well as body parts that may have been severed in the incident
  • The bottom portion of the CB-100 has the standard tear-offs to color code the triage status of the patient. In addition, just above these tear-offs is a Triage Status Log to show if a victim's/patient’s triage status changed during the course of an MCI.
  • Chemical / Biological / Hazmat usage
  • Decontaminate / Evacuation usage
  • A-E Triage System
  • Call 800-425-5397 for a sample

Development:

Efficient and effective triage during Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) has proven to save lives.  MET-TAG Medical Emergency Triage Tags have historically been used worldwide in MCIs ranging from automobile and aircraft accidents involving several victims, to large-scale terrorism incidents.  With rising concerns of how to effectively handle triage situations involving HAZMAT, terrorism, and possible use of weapons of mass destruction, the need for an alternative triage tag has emerged. The CB-100 Chemical/Biological triage tag was designed to meet the needs of the first responders to the growing complexities and dangers of the modern triage environment.

Construction:

Constructed of the same high-density water resistant synthetic paper and printed using the same special thermal printing process as the Original MT-137, the front of the CB-100 Chemical/Biological MET-TAG has all of the key information fields needed to quickly note the triage patient’s status and to fill in additional patient assessment and tracking information as time permits.  The back of the CB-100 provides room for additional notes about the patient, if needed.  Each section of the CB-100 has the unique barcode serial number for tracking and monitoring the victim’s triage process.

Instructions for Use:

  • The top portions of the tag can mark a patient’s original location (as required in MCIs involving aircraft, etc.), and can track a patient’s personal articles and/or body parts that may have been severed in an MCI.
  • Other tear-off tabs near the top of the CB-100 are to be used for the Incident Commander or Triage Unit Leader’s log as well as to track how, when, and where a patient was transported for further treatment.
  • The middle sections provide the receiving hospital or critical care facility with a permanent record of the patient’s personal information, medical history, vital signs, and initial triage status. This middle section also provides a strip for the patient to keep, in order to help them track down their personal property, and will help to expedite triage actions if a first responder is injured while assisting victims at an MCI (first responders can fill in information about themselves prior to an actual MCI, such as medical history, name, contact information, etc., and then wear their own CB-100 when entering the scene).
  • The bottom portion of the CB-100 has the standard tear-offs to color code the triage status of the patient. In addition, just above these tear-offs is a Triage Status Log to show if a victim's/patient’s triage status changed during the course of an MCI.

The CB-100 can be used with standard triage systems like the START method or with the A-E Triage System that is specifically designed to handle HAZMAT and terrorist incidents.

Ensure you have the most advanced Triage Tag available by ordering the CB-100 Chemical/Biological Triage Tag today!

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TACDA™ is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the sales of METTAG™ triage tags.

Training Tags

The MT-137i Training Tag

The MT-137i training tag
  • Half the price of the standard MT-137 tag

  • Printed on recyclable card stock

 

  • For CERT and training exercises only

 

The Instructional METTAG™ MT-137i provides first responders and rescue personnel with the standard triaging features needed for frequent trainings on a prompt and accurate assessment of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) victim's injuries and to easily record the data.

In the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), where multiple victims are injured and require varying degrees of medical attention, it is absolutely imperative that first responders have a quick, easy, and reliable method of assessing victims and assigning them with an appropriate triage or priority status, based on the severity of their injuries. The MT-137 Triage Tag has been tested and proven for over 40 years to provide this method.

Please note: Tags come with elastic strings but are NOT pre-strung and bar codes are non-functioning on the training tags.

 

The MT-501i Training Tag

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  • Half the price of the MT-501 triage tag
  • Printed on recyclable card stock
  • For CERT and training exercises only

Save money on your training exercises by using paper training tags instead of the more valuable synthetic tags!

The Instructional METTAG MT-501i provides first responders and rescue personnel with the standard triaging features needed for frequent trainings on a prompt and accurate assessment of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) victim's injuries and to easily record the data.

In the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), where multiple victims are injured and require varying degrees of medical attention, it is absolutely imperative that first responders have a quick, easy, and reliable method of assessing victims and assigning them with an appropriate triage or priority status, based on the severity of their injuries.

Please note: Tags come with elastic strings but are NOT pre-strung and bar codes are non-functioning on the training tags.

If you would like to be considered for a wholesale account, please call (801) 501-0077, (800) 425-5397 or email info@tacda.org.

TACDA™ is a non-profit organization funded primarily by the sales of METTAG™ triage tags.

Fleet Tracking Tag

MT-FLEET Tag

Fleet Tag

NEW! MT-FLEET Fleet vehicle maintenance tracking

  • For tracking fleet vehicles and maintenance needs
  • Five-color tear-off organization system
  • Quick and accurate recording of vehicle status
  • Sequential numbering system

The MT-FLEET Tag is constructed of the same high-density damage resistant synthetic material used in our triage tags, as well as the same special thermal printing process, allowing use in the harshest and most demanding field situations. Additionally, each MT-FLEET Tag is equipped with a 12-inch looped elastic band, which is used for attaching the tag to the rear view mirror of the vehicle so the vehicle status and identifying number can be easily noted from outside the window.

Some notable features are:

  • Fire resistant
  • Water proof
  • Chemical resistant
  • Tear proof (except on intended perforations)
  • UV light and heat resistant

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Since the introduction of the original MT-137in 1976, METTAG™ has been recognized as the standard in Medical Emergency Triage, and is used throughout the U.S. and around the world.

By becoming a METTAG™ Products Authorized Distributor, your company will benefit from decades of trusted and proven use by the U.S. Government, the Military, Firefighters, EMT, Medical Personnel, and Emergency Operations Centers nationwide and worldwide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The term triage originated from the French verb trier which means to sort. During the time of Napoleon, the French military used triage to serve as a battlefield clearing hospital for wounded soldiers. The U.S. military's first use of triage was during the Civil War.

A triage tag is a tool first responders and medical personnel use during a mass casualty incident. With the aid of the triage tags, the first-arriving personnel are able to effectively and efficiently distribute the limited resources and provide the necessary immediate care for the victims until more help arrives.
Triage tag - Wikipedia

At this time, the triage system was relatively basic and included only three categories: those who would live without medical attention, those who would die even with medical attention, and those who would survive only if they received medical attention.

Medical Definition of Triage

Triage: The process of sorting people based on their need for immediate medical treatment as compared to their chance of benefiting from such care. Triage is done in emergency rooms, disasters, and wars, when limited medical resources must be allocated to maximize the number of survivors.

The Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) has five levels:
Level 1: Resuscitation – Conditions that are threats to life or limb
Level 2: Emergent – Conditions that are a potential threat to life, limb or function
Level 3: Urgent – Serious conditions that require emergency intervention
Level 4: Less urgent – Conditions that relate to patient distress or potential complications that would benefit from intervention
Level 5: Non-urgent – Conditions that are non-urgent or that may be part of a chronic problem

Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale | Montfort

By utilizing standard graphic symbols and a four-color tear-off triaging system, the Standard Medical Emergency Field Triage tag (MT-137) is truly a universal tool, in that it presents no language or literacy barriers, and can be used in the field by anyone, of any nationality, with minimal training or hands-on experience. A policy of using METTAG™ products in day-to-day emergencies will automatically establish familiarity and provide faster and more effective victim triaging in the event of an actual MCI or other emergency.

Medical Definition of Triage

Triage: The process of sorting people based on their need for immediate medical treatment as compared to their chance of benefiting from such care. Triage is done in emergency rooms, disasters, and wars, when limited medical resources must be allocated to maximize the number of survivors.
Definition of Triage - MedicineNet