Triage. The term comes from the French verb ‘trier‘, “to separate, sift or select.” In the medical field, there are two types of triage:
- Simple, for accidents and mass casualties, used to see who needs immediate medical attention and transport to the hospital soonest.
- Advanced, which is ” used to divert scarce resources away from patients with little chance of survival in order to increase the chances of survival of others who are more likely to survive.”
Triage is used to determine the order and priority of emergency treatment, transport, and-or the transport destination for the patient. In the hardest cases, triage decides who gets prioritized based on their chances of survival.
You already prep for triage when you sort your prioritizes for the day. You commit to triage when you attend to them to get the best results. Triage in this context is commitment to success in action.
In our everyday work, the term triage can be used to describe the “the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where funds and other resources can be best used, are most needed, or are most likely to achieve success.”
If you’ve ever watched any battlefield scenes where soldiers scream for a medic, you already have an idea of how the pressure in those dire circumstances forced the evolution of a medical process meant to save people. You can apply the principles of this process to your own battlefields. You assess the field, check the quality and availability of the resources at your disposal, your window of opportunity, and your own personal resources. Continue reading Triage: When You Have Too Much Stuff To Do