triage

noun
tri·​age | \ trē-ˈäzh How to pronounce triage (audio) , ˈtrē-ˌäzh \

Definition of triage

1a : 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

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Other Words from triage

triage transitive verb

Examples of triage in a Sentence

Nurses do triage in the emergency room.
Recent Examples on the Web In an effort to triage hospital beds, save scarce personal protective equipment, and reduce patients’ exposure to infection, hospitals canceled all elective surgeries and procedures. Benjamin Mazer, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2021 Firefighters helped first responders triage the victims and prepare them for transport. CNN, 3 Aug. 2021 Today's cybersecurity professionals face the most complex, sophisticated threats in history and must triage thousands of vulnerabilities across the average enterprise. Gidi Cohen, Forbes, 17 June 2021 How many lives have the cops of Minneapolis saved by being the first on the scene to triage the victims of gunshots? Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 The next step in owning the problem is to triage the problem. John Knotts, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The association’s website said the tool is used to triage patients in about 80% of hospitals in the United States. Casey Ross Reprints, STAT, 23 June 2021 The city also lacked a war room to triage emergent cases—a gap that soon proved glaring. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 23 June 2021 But now, doctors say, the crisis has reached a new, critical turning point, forcing some to triage medical care, reserving blood products only for the sickest patients. Dr. Natalie S. Rosen, ABC News, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of triage

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for triage

French, sorting, sifting, from trier to sort, from Old French — more at try entry 1

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17 Sep 2021

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“Triage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triage. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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triage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of triage

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

triage

noun
tri·​age | \ trē-ˈäzh How to pronounce triage (audio) , ˈtrē-ˌ How to pronounce triage (audio) \

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

Other Words from triage

triage transitive verb

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