A graphical method for the quick computation of admission severity for the burned patient is described. The method is easily used by non-technical personnel and requires only the patient's age, an estimate of the percentage body surface area burned, and knowledge of the presence or absence of a perineal burn. The severity estimate is obtained by simply applying a straight-edge to the provided chart and reading the severity score from the scale crossed by the straight-edge. The severity score used is an estimate of the patient's mortality risk and is based on an extensively validated multiple logistic model which was developed using the combined experience of 11,200 patients at 12 major United States burn units. This severity score can be used with other severity and treatment factors to determine the level of care needed, and as an aid in triage decisions.