Definition of triage in English:

triage

noun

  • 1(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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As soon as this triage was complete, treatment began.’
    • ‘The triage nurse said, ‘Now watch how I apply the Manchester triage system to this patient.’’
    • ‘Do alternative methods exist for diagnosing heart failure or enabling appropriate triage of patients for echocardiography?’
    • ‘It will be used to calculate unit radiation status and to perform medical triage and assist in unit reconstitution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, when triage nurses became involved 80% of patients were treated correctly.’
    • ‘On site management includes first aid, patient triage, and ambulance staging with a basic aim of maximal use of resources.’
    • ‘Nurses undertaking triage assessments by telephone with computer decision support may reduce the number of visits to general practitioners, hospital use, and costs.’
    1. 1.1The process of determining the most important people or things from amongst a large number that require attention.
      • ‘Any good quality triage is swamped by the flood of poor decisions and technical foul-ups.’
      • ‘How could such a global triage be executed justly?’
      • ‘Using a sort of corporate triage, they form teams with the company's own employees to diagnose weaknesses and prescribe a strategy to preserve cash and restructure the business.’
      • ‘Is there a scheme of moral triage that would sort out this activity on behalf of a responsible, civilised society?’
      • ‘An infosec ‘consultant’ goes through a short triage, and either sends the project for more evaluation or gives it a green light if the security risk is minimal.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Assign degrees of urgency to (wounded or ill patients)

    • ‘Once triaged, the casualty can be moved into the treatment tent for treatment by a physician.’
    • ‘They were all triaged and removed to waiting buses to be taken to the terminal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This anesthesia care provider would assist in triaging patients and coordinating the flow of patients throughout the perioperative area.’
    • ‘Both casualties were triaged and admitted to the HDU for overnight care.’
    • ‘Patients are triaged on the basis of medical history, a validated clinical prediction rule, and reported daytime sleepiness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We treat everyone as equal and patients are triaged according to clinical need.’
    • ‘Individual nurses triaged patients across all three sites.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 would be triaged, and the seriously ill admitted to hospitals for treatment.’
    • ‘Instead, patients are triaged and evaluated in the ER, and only then is the cath lab team called in to the hospital.’
    • ‘‘Treatment with antidepressant, in a sense, triages patients with primary affective disorders to a different path’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These protein markers have been used to monitor therapy, detect recurrences and triage patients for intensive treatment protocols.’
    • ‘The women who were more likely to be triaged to revascularization (driven by high-risk anatomy), had a higher mortality risk.’
    • ‘It is probably best addressed by triaging patients based on their CXR.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from trier separate out The medical sense dates from the 1930s, from the military system of assessing the wounded on the battlefield.

Pronunciation:

triage

/trēˈäZH/