Triage in Public Education

by Gary North

Triage is a battlefield concept out of World War I.

A medic brings a severely wounded man on a stretcher into the medical tent. A uniformed physician makes an initial prognosis. The man on the stretcher will probably:

1. Live, no matter what
2. Die, no matter what
3. Survive, but only if he gets immediate treatment

If the prognosis is either one or two, the physician has the medic put the stretcher in a corner. If the assessment is number three, the wounded man gets care.

There are limited resources in a medical unit. They should be allocated wherever they will have a statistically significant outcome.

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