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* Creator/DesmondBagley makes this mistake in his thriller ''Juggernaut''. After a bombing raid during a civil war in Africa, some doctors are asked if they used triage and indignantly reply that they tried to save everyone. From Bagley's description he appears to be confusing it with "reverse triage" (treating the least injured first so they can be returned to battle).


There is a tendency for many people (who don't understand the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triage concept of triage]]) to decide that the ER staff is indulging in this, even when they aren't. Add to that that the desk staff at an ER have to be firm about who they're calling, but can't explain to the other patients why they're being taken in that order, and you get an appearance of petty tyranny. While desk nurses are the most likely to get this portrayal, medical personnel in general are often seen as petty dictators who are unreasonable about things like visiting hours; admittance to the ICU; flowers, candy and food being brought to the patients; and all the other annoyances about having a loved one in the hospital.

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There is a tendency for many people (who don't understand the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triage concept of triage]]) to decide that the ER staff is indulging in this, even when they aren't. Add to that that the desk staff at an ER have to be firm about who they're calling, but can't explain to the other patients why they're being taken in that order, and you get an appearance of petty tyranny. While desk nurses are the most likely to get this portrayal, medical personnel in general are often seen as petty dictators who are unreasonable about things like visiting hours; admittance to the ICU; flowers, candy candy, and food being brought to the patients; and all the other annoyances about having a loved one in the hospital.



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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Given that the camp typically receives dozens of wounded at a time at least, triage is a matter of life and death every time, which has lead to disputes:
** In one episode, Frank Burns deliberately sends in American troops over Koreans even when there are Koreans in much greater need than soldiers.
*** The above is also a prime example of a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic mentality.]] Regulations say "Americans first, allies second, enemies last." Nothing about severity or urgency...
** In another episode, Hawkeye is on the bus doing triage, and gets into a fight with a soldier over being a commie-lover by prioritising seriously wounded North Koreans over wounded American soldiers.

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Given that the camp typically receives dozens of wounded at a time at least, triage is a matter of life and death every time, which has lead led to disputes:
** In one episode, Frank Burns (who's usually guilty of this trope) deliberately sends in American troops over Koreans even when there are Koreans in much greater need than soldiers.
*** The above is also a prime example of a [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucratic mentality.]] mentality]]. Regulations say "Americans first, allies second, enemies last." Nothing about severity or urgency...
** In another episode, Hawkeye is on the bus doing triage, triage and gets into a fight with a soldier over being a commie-lover Commie lover by prioritising seriously wounded North Koreans over wounded American soldiers.



* Justified in an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard is faking an allergic reaction to keep Leonard's birthday party a secret, and the nurse refuses to play along. She looks like a tyrant when she tells Leonard that Howard is not a legitimate patient - until Howard appears having actually eaten nuts and given himself a severe reaction.

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* Justified in an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''. Howard is faking an allergic reaction to keep Leonard's birthday party a secret, and the nurse refuses to play along. She looks like a tyrant when she tells Leonard that Howard is not a legitimate patient - until Howard appears having to have actually eaten nuts and given himself a severe reaction.






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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L., Sector V had to get into a hospital to rescue an injured operative [[spoiler:who later turned out to be Bradley]], because operatives who were treated there were being assaulted. Numbuh One had no luck with the triage nurse; even though she seemed friendly and harmless, she didn't take his authoritarian demands seriously. Numbuh Five, who was more polite and often the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Member]] of the team had more luck and got some information, but was still unable to get them admitted formally. Despite this, seeing as AdultsAreUseless in this cartoon (the ones who aren't evil, anyway), sneaking in was surprisingly easy, and no-one tried to stop them. Lucky thing too, [[spoiler:because Bradley ''was'' targeted by the assailant, who happened to be Numbuh Five's evil sister Cree.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation: H.O.S.P.I.T.A.L., Sector V had to get into a hospital to rescue an injured operative [[spoiler:who later turned out to be Bradley]], because operatives who were treated there were being assaulted. Numbuh One had no luck with the triage nurse; even though she seemed friendly and harmless, she didn't take his authoritarian demands seriously. Numbuh Five, who was more polite and often the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Member]] of the team team, had more luck and got some information, but was still unable to get them admitted formally. Despite this, seeing as AdultsAreUseless in this cartoon (the ones who aren't evil, anyway), sneaking in was surprisingly easy, and no-one no one tried to stop them. Lucky thing too, [[spoiler:because Bradley ''was'' targeted by the assailant, who happened to be Numbuh Five's evil sister Cree.]]
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* By law in most countries, emergency department staff cannot turn any patient away until he/she has been provided a medical screening exam and, if necessary, adequate care to stabilize his/her condition. In the United States, this law is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Medical_Treatment_and_Active_Labor_Act EMTALA]]. If the patient isn't really that sick or injured, then they'll get the basic assessment and will be put in the triage queue to wait until the higher-priority cases are handled. Patients who are known to abuse EMTALA for drugs, attention, or other non-health-related reasons are much looked down upon by emergency department staff, as these cases are perceived as wasting time, staff and bed space that could have been better used on a legitimately sick patient.

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* By law in most countries, emergency department staff cannot turn any patient away until he/she has been provided a medical screening exam and, if necessary, adequate care to stabilize his/her condition. In the United States, this law is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Medical_Treatment_and_Active_Labor_Act EMTALA]]. If the patient isn't really that sick or injured, then they'll get the basic assessment and will be put in the triage queue to wait until the higher-priority cases are handled. Patients who are known to abuse EMTALA for drugs, attention, or other non-health-related reasons are much looked down upon by emergency department staff, as these cases are perceived as wasting time, staff staff, and bed space that could have been better used on a legitimately sick patient.





* Nicole Sullivan, as the "Vancome lady", as a nurse at [[ChristianityIsCatholic Sisters of Mercy Hospital]] in ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. She turns away an unmarried woman going into premature labor, a hemophiliac because "[[MistakenForGay we don't condone that lifestyle choice]]," and sends a man with a flesh-eating disease to [[DisproportionateRetribution the doctor who fired her]].

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* Nicole Sullivan, as the "Vancome lady", as a nurse at [[ChristianityIsCatholic Sisters of Mercy Hospital]] in ''Series/{{MADtv}}''.''Series/MadTV1995''. She turns away an unmarried woman going into premature labor, a hemophiliac because "[[MistakenForGay we don't condone that lifestyle choice]]," and sends a man with a flesh-eating disease to [[DisproportionateRetribution the doctor who fired her]].


* Nicole Sullivan, as the "Vancome lady", as a nurse in ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. She kept turning people away for stupid reasons. They'd describe their emergency and she'd explain, in chirpy tones, why they should head down the street. The only one I remember was a hemophiliac who was told that Sisters of Mercy didn't support [[MistakenForGay that lifestyle]]... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdyf3Ja1KaI Link to the episode]] (until it's removed)

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* Nicole Sullivan, as the "Vancome lady", as a nurse at [[ChristianityIsCatholic Sisters of Mercy Hospital]] in ''Series/{{MADtv}}''. She kept turning people turns away for stupid reasons. They'd describe their emergency and she'd explain, in chirpy tones, why they should head down the street. The only one I remember was an unmarried woman going into premature labor, a hemophiliac who was told because "[[MistakenForGay we don't condone that Sisters of Mercy didn't support [[MistakenForGay that lifestyle]]... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdyf3Ja1KaI Link lifestyle choice]]," and sends a man with a flesh-eating disease to [[DisproportionateRetribution the episode]] (until it's removed)doctor who fired her]].


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* In an episode of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' David's friend-of-the-episode, a badass biker, gets a broken arm. David takes him to a doctor's office, where they end up sitting for hours. David finally calls the doctor on this; the doctor says that he can tell by looking that the biker is only there to get some prescription drugs and he refuses to participate in such activities.
-->Doctor: I've found that, contrary to the saying you ''can'' judge a book by its cover.
-->David: [[SarcasmMode That's amazing]] doctor. You can stand all the way over here, on the other side of the room, and just from a glance you can tell that that man doesn't have a broken arm.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk1977'' David's friend-of-the-episode, a badass biker, gets a broken arm. David takes him to a doctor's office, where they end up sitting for hours. David finally calls the doctor on this; the doctor says that he can tell by looking that the biker is only there to get some prescription drugs and he refuses to participate in such activities.
-->Doctor: -->'''Doctor''': I've found that, contrary to the saying you ''can'' judge a book by its cover.
-->David: -->'''David''': [[SarcasmMode That's amazing]] doctor. You can stand all the way over here, on the other side of the room, and just from a glance you can tell that that man doesn't have a broken arm.


* The ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' episode, "Musical Mania," had two yokels taking their son with a bad case of lead poisoning and the emitting nurse brusquely tells them to wait while she fills out a report. However, Head Nurse [=McCall=] immediately tells her to process them, noting that people in need take priority over bureaucracy any day.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}'' ''Series/{{Emergency}}'' episode, "Musical Mania," had two yokels taking their son with a bad case of lead poisoning and the emitting nurse brusquely tells them to wait while she fills out a report. However, Head Nurse [=McCall=] immediately tells her to process them, noting that people in need take priority over bureaucracy any day.


* In the first novel of the ''StarTrekVanguard'' series, the ''Bombay'''s CMO complains bitterly about "battlefield triage" - she and her staff can't treat crewmen who may need their help the most if they aren't critical to keeping the ship from being destroyed while under attack. To her, it feels like a perversion of the Hippocratic Oath.

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* In the first novel of the ''StarTrekVanguard'' ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' series, the ''Bombay'''s CMO complains bitterly about "battlefield triage" - she and her staff can't treat crewmen who may need their help the most if they aren't critical to keeping the ship from being destroyed while under attack. To her, it feels like a perversion of the Hippocratic Oath.


* She's not a nurse, but the "bereavement liaison" in ''LittleMissSunshine'' certainly qualifies.

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* She's not a nurse, but the "bereavement liaison" in ''LittleMissSunshine'' ''Film/LittleMissSunshine'' certainly qualifies.


* ''{{Friends}}'', the one who ends up with a face full of hockey puck.

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* ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', the one who ends up with a face full of hockey puck.

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** While the bespectacled bureaucrat at drug treatment enrollment is nothing but helpful and finally just ''snaps'' at two rude, frustrating junkies who get in his face for doing his job, the desk nurse in the hospital plays this trope straight. She has zero sympathy for the two main characters who ''carry their OD'd friend into the building''. When one of them explodes at her for her indifference and prioritizing paperwork over treatment, she explodes right back and actually screams that she'll "let the bitch die!".
** The director was making a subtle point there, too. The sheer inefficiency and weight of the inner-city bureaucracy eventually corrodes well-meaning people into apathy and even scorn for the people they're meant to be helping. Definitely the case in RealLife, with underfunded and under-appreciated agencies.


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* ''OneTreeHill'': "I didn't like cheerleaders when I was in school" "But she's pregnant and in pain!" "[[KickTheDog Guess who's waiting a little longer?]]"

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* A [[ThereShouldBeALaw law to outlaw Triage Tyranny]] is proposed in the popular ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' article "New Laws Congress Should Pass ''Right Now''!"

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