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Pediatric Trauma Score. Predictor of hospital resource use? Arch Surg 1990 Sep;125(9):1128-31



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2-s2.0-0025083075   28 Citations


The Pediatric Trauma Score has been recommended to triage children with scores of 8 or less to a level 1 pediatric trauma center. The Injury Severity Score correlates well with the Pediatric Trauma Score. During a 36-month period ending December 31, 1985, paramedics saw 983 pediatric trauma patients (aged 17 years and younger) and intervened with advanced life support procedures in 196 (20%). One hundred forty-four patients receiving advanced life support were transported to either a level 1 adult trauma center or a pediatric community hospital. Our data confirm the correlation between Pediatric Trauma Score and Injury Severity Score and support recommendations to transport patients with Pediatric Trauma Scores of 8 or less to trauma facilities. We also conclude that Pediatric Trauma Scores may be useful in predicting hospital resource use.

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Aprahamian C, Cattey RP, Walker AP, Gruchow HW, Seabrook G


Gary R. Seabrook MD Chief, Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Alonzo P. Walker MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Child, Preschool
Injury Severity Score
Trauma Centers
Trauma Severity Indices
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