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Lancet. 1991 Oct 19;338(8773):977-8.

Prediction of non-survival after trauma: Innsbruck Coma Scale.

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  • 1Department of Anaesthesia, University Hospital, Innsbruck, Austria.


421 severely injured patients admitted to a major trauma centre in Innsbruck during the ten years, 1981 to 1990, were investigated retrospectively for early prediction of survival by means of the Innsbruck Coma Scale (ICS). All 79 patients scoring 0 or 1 died within 21 days. The findings of this study indicate that the ICS allows a highly accurate prediction of non-survival in patients with scores of 0 or 1 even at the time of first examination after trauma.

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