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In first aid and triage, the walking wounded are injured persons who are of a relatively low priority. These patients are conscious and breathing and usually have only relatively minor injuries; thus they are capable of walking. Depending on the resources available, and the abilities of the injured persons, these people may sometimes be used to assist treatment of more seriously injured patients, or assist with other tasks.
In an emergency situation with many casualties, the walking wounded are usually the largest category of casualty.
- Tafur, Vic (Aug 4, 2013). "Walking wounded count hits 20".
- Who Are the Walking Wounded? on Psychology Today
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