Trauma scoring systems explained

Mohammed Hassan Fani-Salek, Vicken Y. Totten, Stephanie A. Terezakis

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Objective: To list, describe and classify the extant trauma scoring systems found in the English language literature from the vantage of utility to emergency medicine. Each system is illustrated by a table and a hypothetical case study. Data Sources: Medline citations provided the data. The systems are classified as physiological, anatomical and combined trauma scoring systems. Results: We reviewed the Glasgow Coma Scale, the Paediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, the Trauma Score and Revised Trauma Score, the Circulation, Respiration, Abdominal/Thoracic, Motor and Speech Scale, the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation System, Abbreviated Injury Scale, the Injury Severity Score, the Anatomical Profile, A Severity Characterization of Trauma, Revised Trauma Score and Injury Severity Score and its revisions, the Paediatric Trauma Score and the Drug-Rock Injury Severity Score. Conclusions: This compendium should help emergency physicians become familiar with trauma scoring systems which evaluate the extent and severity of injuries, facilitate interinstitutional comparisons and facilitate trauma research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-166
Number of pages12
JournalEmergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Injury
  • Trauma
  • Trauma scoring


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