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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care|
|State||Published - Feb 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine