Card Set Information
What is the purpose of triage?
provide organization for pts seeking healthcare
clients with highest acuity needs receive treatment first
What is emergent?
life threatening situation-
respiratory distress, CP with diaphoresis, acive hemorrhage, unstable VS
What is urgent?
needs treatment soon, but is not life-threatening-
severe abd pain, renal colic, displaced or multiple fx, complex or multiple soft tissue injuries, new onset respiratory infection
What is nonurgent?
can wait several hours without serious deterioration-
skin rash, strains/sprains, colds, simple fx
What is meant by mass casulalty?
military form of triage
focus is to
achieve the greatest number of lives saved
with the resources available
ranked by emergent, urgent, nonurgent, expectant, and by class I-IV
Emergent, Class I
life threatening injury - needs immediate intervention
Urgent, Class II
major injuries - immediate attention
Nonurgent, Class III
minor injuries - doesn't require immediate intervention
Expectant, Class IV
expected to die and will be allowed to die
check mental status
open airway - only 2 attempts
stop excessive bleeding