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Do you know what triage means?

It means someone else decides who lives and dies. They decide who will benefit society more if saved. So, local hospitals are setting up to triage patients for the flu.
Triage is a system used by medical or emergency personnel to ration limited medical resources when the number of injured needing care exceeds the resources available to perform care so as to treat the greatest number of patients possible.

When performed in accordance with accepted medical practices, triage is recognized and sanctioned by law in most countries.
Advanced triage may become necessary when medical professionals determine that the medical resources available are insufficient to treat all the people who need help. This has happened in disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami and civil defense situations including nuclear warfare. Consider that the detonation of a nuclear weapon may inflict tens of thousands of immediate casualties, some percentage o

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:45 PM on Oct. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Consider that the detonation of a nuclear weapon may inflict tens of thousands of immediate casualties, some percentage of which will die regardless of medical care due to burns and/or radiation exposure but will live for a few hours or days. Others will live given immediate medical care, but will die without it.

    (Just finishing the excerpt)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:46 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Yes, I am aware of the utilization of Triage. It is absolutely nothing new and is utilized in hospitals, emergency rooms, etc., on a daily basis.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:53 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • For instance.....a person badly injured in a car accident under the triage system would defintely be treated before a person with a less serious injury or the possibility of the flu or a cold, etc.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:54 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • During war they use it to decide who to save and who not to.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:00 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • It determines who needs care first ,based on the severity of injury and who can wait. I fail to see where they are determining who lives and who dies. What the.....? Another panic reaction. Try to relax,okay?

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:01 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • 4:01

    You've got it!!! Triage is not determining who lives or dies, it's a SYSTEM for determining who's needs are CRITICAL and whose are less life-threatening!!

    The person in cardiac arrest, a gun shot wound to the chest, or a severed artery/limb, is going to be taken care of LONG before your broken leg!

    Ever heard of a Triage Nurse? THEY don;t decide who lives or dies, they simply determine who is in dire need of medical care and who is not!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:11 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • Triage does not determine who lives or dies. It determines if your injury is more life threatening than mine. Would you prefer they let you bleed to death from a stab wound while they treat my broken ankle? I know I sure don't want to die from a gunshot wound while you're getting treated for an ear infection.

    Before you try to stir people up and get them all excited, you should probably get out the old dictionary and verify you know the definition of the word you are using. All you've done here is make yourself look like a fool. Good thing you're anon b/c after this, if I knew who you were, I'd never believe anything you said nor take you seriously.

    Answer by tropicalmama at 4:34 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • You could look at it that way but it's not true, Triage is actually to assess a person not to decide if they get help or not. Sure if they find you have a broken pinky and the next guy is having a hard time breathing, he is going to get serviced first.
    Of course that is not saying that someday if Obama gets his way there won't be rules at triage to determine what kind of care you can get or not get.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 4:50 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • WOW is all i can can you be so cynical?!? Triage is there to acess conditions, and determin what type of care is needed next!

    here is the definiton:

    –noun 1. the process of sorting victims, as of a battle or disaster, to determine medical priority in order to increase the number of survivors.
    2. the determination of priorities for action in an emergency.

    –adjective 3. of, pertaining to, or performing the task of triage: a triage officer.

    –verb (used with object) 4. to act on or in by triage: to triage a crisis.

    1925–30; < F: sorting, equiv. to tri(er) to sort (see try ) + -age -age


    Hope this helps your ingnorance!


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:06 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

  • You have completely the wrong idea of what triage is. Next time you take your child to the ER with something serious you will be thankful that triage exists.

    Answer by FL2AK at 5:09 PM on Oct. 24, 2009

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