Triage

battlefield-triage

The term “triage” is derived from the French term “trier” which means “selection” and most likely originated during the Napoleonic Wars from the work of Dominique Jean Larrey. The term “triage” was used more frequently during World War I by French doctors treating those wounded upon the battlefield at the make shift 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 1st being those who are likely to live, regardless of what care they receive, the 2nd being those who are unlikely to live, regardless of what care they receive, and the 3rd being those for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome