Triage: Injuries, People, and Priorities

Triage as defined in Wikipedia:

Triage is a process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition. This facilitates the ability to treat as many patients as possible when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately. The term comes from the French verb trier, meaning to separate, sort, sift or select.

This can be applied to your everyday life in a non-medical setting. As the three primitive categories were determined on the battlefields of olden days:

1) Those who are likely to live, regardless of what care they receive;

2) Those who are likely to die, regardless of what care they receive;

3) Those for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome.

Which do you fall into in your current state?

I will be providing a three part series of articles about Doctors, Lawyers, and Preachers as it pertains to those families or residents of South Carolina that have been affected by an injury. There is a time when we need each, all, or none.  Likewise, I think everyone should be “triaged” into the 3rd category because immediate care can make a positive difference in all our outcomes.


[My mother was an Emergency Room nurse for over 15 years at Lexington Medical Center. As she was one of the greater influences in my life, I felt it appropriate to utilize terms I grew up with and learned through observation, conversation, and integration.]

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