The Etymology and Concept of “Triage”

The term “triage” is derived from the French term “trier” meaning “selection” and is suspected to have originated during the Napoleonic Wars from the work of Dominique-Jean Larrey. The term “triage” was used further during World War I by French doctors treating the battlefield wounded at aid stations behind the front. Those responsible for the removal of the wounded from a battlefield or their care afterwards would divide the victims into three categories with the first being those who are likely to live, regardless of the care they receive, the second being those who are unlikely to live, regardless of the care they receive, and the third being those for whom immediate care may have a drastic and/or positive difference in the final outcome of their ability to survive

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