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A prehospital glasgow coma scale score < or = 14 accurately predicts the need for full trauma team activation and patient hospitalization after motor vehicle collisions.

Authors
  • Norwood, Scott H
  • McAuley, Clyde E
  • Berne, John D
  • Vallina, Van L
  • Creath, Robert G
  • McLarty, Jerry
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2002
Volume
53
Issue
3
Pages
503–507
Identifiers
PMID: 12352488
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The prehospital GCS score is a reliable physiologic parameter for predicting hospital admission after MVC. When obvious indicators (hypoxemia, multiple long bone fractures, focal neurologic deficits) for trauma team activation are lacking, the prehospital GCS score may be used to reduce overtriage and undertriage rates.

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