THE INJURY SEVERITY SCORE: DEVELOPMENT AND POTENTIAL USEFULNESS

A method for comparing death rates of groups of injured persons was developed, using hospital and medical examiner data for more than two thousand persons. The first step was determination of the extent to which injury severity as rated by the Abbreviated Injury Scale correlates with patient survival. Substantial correlation was demonstrated. Controlling for severity of the primary injury made it possible to measure the effect on mortality of additional injuries. Injuries that in themselves would not normally be life-threatening were shown to have a marked effect on mortality when they occurred in combination with other injuries. An Injury Severity Score was developed that correlates well with survival and provides a numerical description of the overall severity of injury for patients with multiple trauma.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Study sponsored by the Maryland Medical-Legal Foundation, Incorporated.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

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    American Association for Automotive Medicine

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  • Authors:
    • Baker, S P
    • Oneill, B
    • Haddon, W J
    • Long, W B
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1974

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 18

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00081241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-047-1-063, DOT-HS-031-2-303, DOT-FH-11-7526
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM