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1. 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.
2. A system used to allocate a scarce commodity, such as food, only to those capable of deriving the greatest benefit from it.
3. 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).
tr.v. tri·aged, tri·ag·ing, tri·ag·es
To sort or allocate by triage: triaged the patients according to their symptoms.
[French, from trier, to sort, from Old French, to pick out; see try.]
triage(ˈtriːˌɑːʒ; ˌtriːˈɑːʒ; ˈtraɪ-)
1. (Medicine) (in a hospital) the principle or practice of sorting emergency patients into categories of priority for treatment
2. (Medicine) the principle or practice of sorting casualties in battle or disaster into categories of priority for treatment
3. (Military) the principle or practice of sorting casualties in battle or disaster into categories of priority for treatment
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the principle or practice of allocating limited resources, as of food or foreign aid, on a basis of expediency rather than according to moral principles or the needs of the recipients
[C18 (in the sense: sorting (goods) according to quality): from French; see try, -age]
n., adj., v. -aged, ag•ing. n.
1. the process of sorting victims, as of a battle or disaster, to determine priority of medical treatment, with highest priority usu. given to those having the greatest likelihood of survival.
2. the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.adj.
3. of, pertaining to, or performing the task of triage: a triage officer.v.t.
4. to act on or in by triage: to triage a crisis.
[1925–30; < French: sorting]
The evaluation and classification of casualties for purposes of treatment and evacuation. It consists of the immediate sorting of patients according to type and seriousness of injury, and likelihood of survival, and the establishment of priority for treatment and evacuation to assure medical care of the greatest benefit to the largest number.
triage[ˈtriːɑːʒ] n (in hospital) → triage m
Fr. triage, clasificación y evaluación de víctimas en acontecimientos catastróficos para establecer prioridades según la urgencia del tratamiento y aumentar así el número de sobrevivientes.