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People who have life-threatening injuries and need immediate attention, such as those with a collapsed lung, are tagged red and are brought in for treatment right away.
Those with severe, but less life-threatening injuries are ranked a tier lower with a yellow tag. Unfortunately, doctors must also decide when a patient cannot be saved.
"Say there's a person with a head injury who's barely breathing. We try to open their airways but if there's not much chance of saving them we have to move on," Glatter said.
CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus explains that doctors must make these decisions quickly, sometimes within seconds, in order to save as many people as possible.
"It's a horrible decision to have to make, but you need to start to say, where can I use the men and women power I have to save people," he said.
"It's a very difficult thing because with some people you're going to have to say these are people who we are not going to be able to save even though if the emergency room was empty they would be able to save them."
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