Triage Categories


Black Triage Tag Color



  • Victim unlikely to survive given severity of injuries, level of available care, or both
  • Palliative care and pain relief should be provided



Red Triage Tag Color


  • Victim can be helped by immediate intervention and transport
  • Requires medical attention within minutes for survival (up to 60)
  • Includes compromises to patient's Airway, Breathing, Circulation



Yellow Triage Tag Color


  • Victim's transport can be delayed
  • Includes serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, but status not expected to deteriorate significantly over several hours



Green Triage Tag Color


  • Victim with relatively minor injuries
  • Status unlikely to deteriorate over days
  • May be able to assist in own care:
    • "Walking Wounded"