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Findings question the applicability of widely used trauma triage scores to assess older patients

October 18, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — A retrospective registry review of trauma patients older than 55 years highlighted the Injury Severity Score as a poor predictor of mortality and the Trauma Score-Injury Severity Score as lacking specificity in its predictability.

“We feel that the [Trauma Score-Injury Severity Score] TRISS and [Injury Severity Score] ISS are both poor predictors of mortality in this at-risk, intermediate, geriatric trauma population. Furthermore, older age, lower [Glasgow Coma Scale] GCS and a lower mechanism of injury are associated with a higher mortality rate in this at-risk patient cohort,” Matthew Wilson, MD, said at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting.

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