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 Like a doctor in an emergency room flooded with patients, firefighters were forced to triage the fire starts. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hennessey Fire’s trail from Napa County to Vacaville," 3 Sep. 2020 But when there aren’t enough tests to go around, public health officials need to triage. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "America Doesn’t Have a Coherent Strategy for Asymptomatic Testing. It Needs One.," 1 Sep. 2020 Firefighting officials say they have been forced to triage their work, leaving some structures to burn. Avi Asher-schapiro, The Christian Science Monitor, "Californians consider private firefighters. Is that fair?," 1 Sep. 2020 Gordon said that was likely because families who already had Internet access weren’t offered hotspots, in order to triage those with the greatest need (Howard is paying for Internet already). Conor Morris, cleveland, "Cleveland schools scramble for fix to digital divide as school starts remotely," 20 Aug. 2020 Many clinics have a nurse who will triage cases, and you will most likely be asked about travel history and symptoms. Jamie Hutt, Star Tribune, "App text formatting test," 7 Aug. 2020 In Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, which encompasses Pittsburgh and 1.2 million residents, health officials are trying to triage the demand for tests. Mike Stobbe, The Denver Post, "Reality shows shortfalls of Trump’s claim to world’s “best testing” for coronavirus," 17 July 2020 Learning how to triage acuity and severity was essential to daily success in the field, something that health care workers treating Covid-19 in some cities now do. Lakshmi Ramachandran, STAT, "A service trip to Peru offers lessons for treating Covid-19 in the U.S.," 2 May 2020 In 2015, the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law updated its voluntary guidelines on how to triage patients in the event of an influenza pandemic. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "'Who lives and who dies': In worst-case coronavirus scenario, ethics guide choices on who gets care," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of triage was in 1918

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16 Sep 2020

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“Triage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triage. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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triage

noun
How to pronounce triage (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of triage

medical : 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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