Scoring systems and triage from the field

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 1993 Feb;11(1):15-27.


No single system exists that will guarantee triage success. Familiarity with anatomic and physiologic indicators along with an awareness of the significance of injury mechanism and existing comorbid factors is mandatory for all who participate in trauma care. Moreover, there are unique demands of the prehospital environment. Until further refinements are made, a prehospital trauma triage system should minimize undertriage and its unnecessary morbidity and mortality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abbreviated Injury Scale
  • Comorbidity
  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Humans
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Trauma Severity Indices*
  • Triage*
  • Wounds and Injuries / etiology