Journal article

An overview of the injury severity score and the new injury severity score.

M Stevenson, M Segui-Gomez, I Lescohier, C Di Scala, G McDonald-Smith

Inj Prev | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The research was undertaken to describe the injury severity score (ISS) and the new injury severity score (NISS) and to illustrate their statistical properties. DESIGN: Descriptive analysis and assessment of the distribution of these scales. METHODS: Three data sources--the National Pediatric Trauma Registry; the Massachusetts Uniform Hospital Discharge Data Set; and a trauma registry from an urban level I trauma center in Massachusetts--were used to describe the distribution of the ISS and NISS among injured patients. RESULTS: The ISS/NISS was found to have a positively skewed distribution and transformation did not improve their skewness. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that fo..

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