Can You Save Me? Using Triage Protocol (CTE)


This lesson will help students recognize triage protocols. Students will gain experience categorizing patients using color tags during a mock emergency or disaster situation.



Triage is implemented during emergency or disaster situations. Usually there are more victims than there are rescuers, resources are limited, and time is critical.

Triage begins at the site immediately and a healthcare worker must distinguish and evaluate first who needs immediate care.

In this lesson, students will be confronted with an emergency situation (the Boston Marathon Bombing), learn the structure of Triage, and then analyze a list of sample patients and categorize them using the color "Tag" system.

This is lesson 4 in a series of lessons exploring the role of healthcare workers during disaster situations and part of the integrated project "Planning for Disaster."

Lesson Times

3 class perids
60 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology Health Science and Medical Technology
K-12 Subjects
  • Physical / Health Education
  • Science
    • Life Sciences
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will identify Triage protocols
  • Students will categorize patients using color tags during a mock disaster or emergency situation

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