EVALUATING THE ABBREVIATED INJURY SCALE

Because of the wide usage and potential value of the AIS and ISS in rating severity of both vehicular and nonvehicular trauma patients, it is essential that three hitherto unexplained but crucial methodologic questions be resolved concerning the index; (1) Is coding AIS from the emergency department encounter sheet as accurate as coding from the more detailed inpatient charts? (2) What type of person is ideally qualified to use the index? How much clinical background should the coder have for optimal use of the AIS? (3) Can the Scale be used with high inter- and intra-rater reliability when coding injuries resulting from both vehicular and nonvehicular trauma? What are the implications of coding differences when computing Baker's overall ISS score? In present study, inpatient charts for 98 trauma admissions to Johns Hopkins Hospital during the period November 1976 to May 1977 were obtained from medical records. Fifty of these patients were involved in motor vehicle accidents. The remaining 48 patients were victims of nonvehicular trauma.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the 22nd Conference, 10-14 July 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Association for Automotive Medicine

    P.O. Box 222
    Morton Grove, IL  United States  60053
  • Authors:
    • MacKenzie, E J
    • Garthe, E A
    • Gibson, G
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 55-66
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 2

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00190133
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM