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J Trauma. 1991 Apr;31(4):471-81; discussion 481-2.

Limitations of the TRISS method for interhospital comparisons: a multihospital study.

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Institute for Trauma & Emergency Care, New York Medical College, Valhalla.


The value of the TRISS method for interhospital comparisons of trauma care was studied using data for 5,616 consecutive patients from three trauma centers and five community hospitals. Z-scores were used to compare mortality rates. Three limitations of the method were documented: 1) the lack of homogeneity within the patient subcategory of penetrating injuries, specifically between patients with gunshot versus stab wounds; 2) the inability of the TRISS method to predict the survival rate of patients suffering low falls; and 3) the inability of the TRISS method to account for multiple severe injuries to a single body part. Remedies to the first two of these limitations can be addressed within the present TRISS method. A remedy for the third requires a new method.

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