Results of a multi-institutional outcome assessment: Results of a structured peer review of TRISS-designated unexpected outcomes

R. Karmy-Jones, W. S. Copes, H. R. Champion, J. Weigelt, S. Shackford, M. Lawnick, G. S. Rozycki, P. Hollingsworth-Fridlund, J. Klein

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Abstract

The utility of TRISS as a component of trauma center quality assurance (QA) was evaluated. TRISS survival probabilities were estimated for a total of 2,023 consecutive trauma patients admitted to three level-I trauma centers during a 6-month period. A structured peer review was performed of the 50 patients (2.1%) having statistically unexpected outcomes. For 23 (18 survivors, five deaths) TRISS-designated outcomes were sustained in peer review. In 27 cases (one survivor, 26 deaths) TRISS-designated outcomes were not sustained by peer review and TRISS. Limitations were identified in each case. Peer review of unexpected outcomes identified by TRISS provided a consistent and objective QA methodology. An understanding of TRISS as an objective component of the trauma center QA process is essential in blending it with what is, at present, a largely subjective irocess in many hospitals. Use of TRISS standardizes the peer review process, resulting in a more reliable base for development and improvement of trauma center QA programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-203
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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