The American College of Surgeons has a list of seven required criteria that must trigger a top-level trauma activation at trauma centers verified by it. One of the seven involves the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, and the threshold is defined as GCS < 9. However, the range of actual scores used by trauma programs varies widely from about 13 down to the minimum of 8.
So I’m curious: what does your trauma center use? Please help me out and answer the survey I’ve posted below. Remember, I am asking for the threshold you use for only your top-level trauma activation. I’ll post the range of answers next week. Thanks!
Hello all! I’d like to invite you to participate in a brief survey regarding ED thoracotomy at your hospital. I’m curious about who can and does perform the procedure. The survey is very short and should only take a minute or two to complete.
Please take a moment to participate by clicking here to take the survey. Although entering your center name is optional, I do require the city, state/province, and country so I can eliminate duplicates.
The survey will officially close in 2 weeks, so please fill it in soon! I’ll publish the results in a post shortly afterwards.
Click here to take the survey
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