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Chapter-19 Triage

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_20
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Triage, primary triage, secondary triage, arterial bleeding, hemorrhage, tension pneumothorax, massive hemorrhage, sprain, systolic blood pressure

Abstract

The objective of this chapter is to introduce the triage. Triage is process of prioritizing patient treatments based on severity of condition. This chapter covers the color codes, description and examples of triage and types of triage. Types of triage are primary triage and secondary triage. Primary triage is an assessment for prioritizing of patient treatment based on the severity of their condition in a mass casualty situation due to chemical biological, radiological or nuclear event. Secondary triage involves a determination of the severity status once a decision has already been made that a patient is to be entered into the system (primary triage). Some examples of triage include massive hemorrhage, tension pneumothorax, major amputations, internal hemorrhage, and arterial bleeding.

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