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Prioritizing patient care in the field[edit | edit source]

When there are more victims than there are medics, triage assures that the most critical patients are cared for first. The purpose of triage is to quickly assess each patient's condition, determine the urgency of the patient's condition and assign a treatment priority.

Triage steps and guidelines[edit | edit source]

Direct injured persons who can walk on their own to designated treatment area

  • have assistants physically guide anyone whose vision is compromised
  • these people are generally considered to be a low priority on the triage scale
  • these people need to be triaged at the treatment area

Assign a medic to assess victims

  • medic's sole purpose is to sweep the area and assess all injured persons
  • does not begin treatment until all injured people are assessed
  • should be most medically knowledgable or experienced medic available

Carry out initial assessment procedures for each victim

Assign available medics to conduct specific interventions for severe/ critical injuries as discovered

Be sure to look for people who are unconscious or otherwise unable to seek medical attention on their own

Remember that people most agressively seeking treatment aren't necessarily the most in need of it

After all victims have been assessed, they are put in order for treatment according to the urgency of their conditions

Continue monitoring victims awaiting treatment for degenerating condition

As injured people arrive at the treatment area they need to be assessed and assigned a treatment priority

Notes[edit | edit source]

See List of original sources#Triage

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