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.

    • ‘On site management includes first aid, patient triage, and ambulance staging with a basic aim of maximal use of resources.’
    • ‘The triage nurse said, ‘Now watch how I apply the Manchester triage system to this patient.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will be used to calculate unit radiation status and to perform medical triage and assist in unit reconstitution.’
    • ‘Do alternative methods exist for diagnosing heart failure or enabling appropriate triage of patients for echocardiography?’
    • ‘However, when triage nurses became involved 80% of patients were treated correctly.’
    • ‘As soon as this triage was complete, treatment began.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nurses undertaking triage assessments by telephone with computer decision support may reduce the number of visits to general practitioners, hospital use, and costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 The process of determining the most important people or things from amongst a large number that require attention.
      • ‘How could such a global triage be executed justly?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is there a scheme of moral triage that would sort out this activity on behalf of a responsible, civilised society?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Any good quality triage is swamped by the flood of poor decisions and technical foul-ups.’

verb

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

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

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/