triage


tri·age

noun \trē-ˈäzh, ˈtrē-ˌ\

medical : the process of deciding which patients should be treated first based on how sick or seriously injured they are

Full Definition of TRIAGE

1
a :  the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors
b :  the sorting of patients (as in an emergency room) according to the urgency of their need for care
2
:  the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and other resources can be best used, are most needed, or are most likely to achieve success
triage transitive verb

Examples of TRIAGE

  1. Nurses do triage in the emergency room.

Origin of TRIAGE

French, sorting, sifting, from trier to sort, from Old French — more at try
First Known Use: 1918

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tri·age

noun \trē-ˈäzh, ˈtrē-ˌ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of TRIAGE

1
: the sorting of and allocation of treatment to patients and especially battle and disaster victims according to a system of priorities designed to maximize the number of survivors
2
: the sorting of patients (as in an emergency room) according to the urgency of their need for care
triage transitive verb

triage

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Division of patients for priority of care, usually into three categories: those who will not survive even with treatment; those who will survive without treatment; and those whose survival depends on treatment. If triage is applied, the treatment of patients requiring it is not delayed by useless or unnecessary treatment of those in the other groups. Triage originated in military medicine, when limited resources faced many wounded soldiers. It is used in civilian settings during disasters or epidemics and in emergency rooms. Triage decisions are made after relatively quick examination; patients in lower-priority groups should be reexamined periodically.

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