When patients from a large disaster are evaluated based on their medical need, this is an example of triage.
- a system of assigning priorities of medical treatment based on urgency, chance for survival, etc. and used on battlefields and in hospital emergency wards
- any system for prioritizing based on available resources, manpower, etc., as in an emergency
Origin of triageFr, a sifting from trier, to sift: see try and -age
transitive verb-·aged′, -·ag′ing
- A process for sorting injured people into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment. Triage is used in hospital emergency rooms, on battlefields, and at disaster sites when limited medical resources must be allocated.
- A system used to allocate a scarce commodity, such as food, only to those capable of deriving the greatest benefit from it.
- A process in which things are ranked in terms of importance or priority: “For millions of Americans, each week becomes a stressful triage between work and home that leaves them feeling guilty, exhausted and angry” ( Jill Smolowe )
transitive verbtri·aged, tri·ag·ing, tri·ag·es
Origin of triageFrench from trier to sort from Old French to pick out ; see try .
- Assessment or sorting according to quality.
- (medicine) The process of sorting patients so as to determine the order in which they will be treated (for example, by assigning precedence according to the urgency of illness or injury).
- (computing, by extension) The process of prioritizing bugs to be fixed.
(third-person singular simple present triages, present participle triaging, simple past and past participle triaged)
- To assess or sort according to quality or some other aspect.