Definition of triage in English:

triage

noun

mass 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.

    as modifier ‘a triage nurse’
    • ‘Do alternative methods exist for diagnosing heart failure or enabling appropriate triage of patients for echocardiography?’
    • ‘On site management includes first aid, patient triage, and ambulance staging with a basic aim of maximal use of resources.’
    • ‘However, when triage nurses became involved 80% of patients were treated correctly.’
    • ‘As soon as this triage was complete, treatment began.’
    • ‘Nurses undertaking triage assessments by telephone with computer decision support may reduce the number of visits to general practitioners, hospital use, and costs.’
    • ‘It will be used to calculate unit radiation status and to perform medical triage and assist in unit reconstitution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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. 1.1The 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’
      • ‘Is the administration actually doing the environment a favor by performing budget triage, funneling the most money to the neediest sites?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We use today's machine-translation systems for document triage and for filtering written materials for further study by human translators.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Criminal aliens also interpret the triage as indifference.’
      • ‘This means I have to haul stuff upstairs, sort through the boxes, and perform triage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • Decide the order of treatment of (patients or casualties)

    ‘victims were triaged by paramedics before being transported to hospitals’
    • ‘‘Treatment with antidepressant, in a sense, triages patients with primary affective disorders to a different path’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, patients are triaged and evaluated in the ER, and only then is the cath lab team called in to the hospital.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We treat everyone as equal and patients are triaged according to clinical need.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Individual nurses triaged patients across all three sites.’
    • ‘Patients would be triaged, and the seriously ill admitted to hospitals for treatment.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘They were all triaged and removed to waiting buses to be taken to the terminal.’
    • ‘Once triaged, the casualty can be moved into the treatment tent for treatment by a physician.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The women who were more likely to be triaged to revascularization (driven by high-risk anatomy), had a higher mortality risk.’
    • ‘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/