Definition of triage in English:

triage

noun

  • 1[mass noun] (in medical use) the assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties:

    [as modifier] ‘a triage nurse’
    • ‘However, when triage nurses became involved 80% of patients were treated correctly.’
    • ‘As soon as this triage was complete, treatment began.’
    • ‘Do alternative methods exist for diagnosing heart failure or enabling appropriate triage of patients for echocardiography?’
    • ‘Nurses undertaking triage assessments by telephone with computer decision support may reduce the number of visits to general practitioners, hospital use, and costs.’
    • ‘The triage nurse said, ‘Now watch how I apply the Manchester triage system to this patient.’’
    • ‘It needs to be restructured by giving funding to provide triage nurses in local centres, a structure that better serves the different health culture and the more rural areas of Scotland.’
    • ‘The triage nurses inside the homeless shelter had already initiated a referral form for a surgery consultation prior to sending the young man to the mobile clinic.’
    • ‘It will be used to calculate unit radiation status and to perform medical triage and assist in unit reconstitution.’
    • ‘We would rather do triage right over the patient then sit down and put something together that we'll just end up revisiting in a few days.’
    • ‘On site management includes first aid, patient triage, and ambulance staging with a basic aim of maximal use of resources.’
    1. 1.1 The process of determining the most important people or things from amongst a large number that require attention:
      ‘a system of educational triage that allows a few students to get help while the needs of others are neglected’
      • ‘It's a question of them doing a triage with the most important papers they are trying to affect and those reporters with whom they get along best.’
      • ‘The plight of the world's endangered species is now so extreme that some are suggesting a system of triage: dividing species into one of three groups.’
      • ‘Nine measurement points were used after the introduction of triage to allow multiple cross sectional comparisons of data during the sequential inclusion of the sites into the study.’
      • ‘First is the triage team, called that because it sorts claims by type and destination.’
      • ‘A close cousin to the complete overhaul is a triage approach, in which you stop new development temporarily and remedy only the most heinous problems.’
      • ‘We use today's machine-translation systems for document triage and for filtering written materials for further study by human translators.’
      • ‘As a result, the programs are being more widely disseminated, and there are plans for a pilot project that will combine the three approaches in a triage model for youth entering the system.’
      • ‘This means I have to haul stuff upstairs, sort through the boxes, and perform triage.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, liberals are engaged in a constant process of triage, picking and choosing only the most important fights, and waiving the rest.’
      • ‘Criminal aliens also interpret the triage as indifference.’
      • ‘Is the administration actually doing the environment a favor by performing budget triage, funneling the most money to the neediest sites?’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Decide the order of treatment of (patients or casualties):

    ‘victims were triaged by paramedics before being transported to hospitals’
    • ‘We treat everyone as equal and patients are triaged according to clinical need.’
    • ‘The women who were more likely to be triaged to revascularization (driven by high-risk anatomy), had a higher mortality risk.’
    • ‘Both casualties were triaged and admitted to the HDU for overnight care.’
    • ‘Instead, patients are triaged and evaluated in the ER, and only then is the cath lab team called in to the hospital.’
    • ‘It is probably best addressed by triaging patients based on their CXR.’
    • ‘And there was chaos there for a little while, as everyone just tried to figure out what was going on, and we started triaging the victims.’
    • ‘Patients are triaged on the basis of medical history, a validated clinical prediction rule, and reported daytime sleepiness.’
    • ‘Parlier, the most experienced, triaged the patients on the fantail in the order they needed to be evacuated - the most serious first - and passed them forward on the starboard side to Doc Moser.’
    • ‘From this point, litter bearers transported the patient to the battalion aid station where the medical officer triaged the patient and delivered additional emergency care.’
    • ‘The first step toward triaging decisions should be for company managers to imagine themselves in the place of the company's various stakeholders - beginning with employees.’
    • ‘Patients would be triaged, and the seriously ill admitted to hospitals for treatment.’
    • ‘The hope has been, and had been for some time, that an improved use of software and triaging facilities would improve the non-response rate.’
    • ‘As the evidence for the efficacy of gastric lavage and activated charcoal is only for its use within an hour, it is important that such patients are triaged rapidly.’
    • ‘They were all triaged and removed to waiting buses to be taken to the terminal.’
    • ‘‘Treatment with antidepressant, in a sense, triages patients with primary affective disorders to a different path’.’
    • ‘Individual nurses triaged patients across all three sites.’
    • ‘This anesthesia care provider would assist in triaging patients and coordinating the flow of patients throughout the perioperative area.’
    • ‘Once triaged, the casualty can be moved into the treatment tent for treatment by a physician.’
    • ‘Patients with less acute injuries may be triaged to an outpatient surgery center, or a surgery center may be asked to take overflow patients from acute care hospitals.’
    • ‘These protein markers have been used to monitor therapy, detect recurrences and triage patients for intensive treatment protocols.’

Origin

Early 18th century (in the sense ‘the action of sorting items according to quality’): from French, from trier separate out. The current sense dates from the 1930s, from the military system of assessing the wounded on the battlefield.

Pronunciation

triage

/ˈtriːɑːʒ/