Send to

Choose Destination

[Score systems in emergency medicine].

[Article in German]

Author information

Institut für Anästhesiologie, Universität Regensburg.


Trauma scores are used in emergency medicine to classify the severity of injuries. Score systems are applied in science and epidemiological investigations in emergency and intensive care. Moreover, trauma scores are intended to support the decisions in triage and predict the prognosis of mortality. Scores are based on anatomicmorphological or physiological parameters by which the intensity of injury is graded and valued. Commonly used scores are the Injury Severity Score (ISS) and the Revised Trauma Score (RTS). The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is a system that is used worldwide to classify neurologic deficiencies after injury of the brain. Trauma scores have a good prognostic potential by comparing large data bases of different patient groups. Individual prognosis of mortality by trauma scores in the routine of emergency medicine are rapid classification of the injury after trauma and early identification of critically ill patients. Score systems can support decisions and the training of emergency staff. Future studies should go into the grade of rehabilitation and the quality of life after trauma as a -possibly score-aided-prognostic parameter.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Georg Thieme Verlag Stuttgart, New York
Loading ...
Support Center