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Citation

Phillips S, Rond PC, Kelly SM, Swartz PD. J. Trauma 1996; 40(2): 278-283.

Affiliation

Policy Sciences Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee 32306-2018, USA.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1996, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

8637079

Abstract

Since 1990, Florida has used a uniform set of eight triage criteria, known as the trauma scorecard, for triaging adult patients with trauma to state-approved trauma centers. If any one of the eight criteria are met, paramedics classify the patient as a "trauma alert" and transport to a state-approved trauma center. Widespread concern within the trauma care community that the scorecard was not providing an effective tool for adult trauma triage, particularly for older adults, was a motivating force for conducting an evaluation of the trauma scorecard's performance. Thus, the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, Office of Emergency Medical Services initiated a research effort to assess the effectiveness of the state-adopted trauma triage criteria for adults, giving special attention to geriatric trauma. The results of the Florida Trauma Triage Study indicate that the eight triage criteria comprising the trauma scorecard produce unacceptable levels of undertriage in elderly patients (age 55 years or older) with life-threatening injuries.

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