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Revised Trauma Score

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Revised Trauma Score

The Revised Trauma Score (RTS) is a physiologic scoring system, designed for use in based on the initial vital signs of a patient.[1] A lower score indicates a higher severity of injury.[2]

Use in triage

The Revised Trauma Score is made up of a three categories: Glasgow Coma Scale, Systolic blood pressure, and respiratory rate. The score range is 0-12. In START triage, a patient with an RTS score of 12 is labeled delayed, 11 is urgent, and 10-3 is immediate. Those who have an RTS below 3 are declared dead and should not receive certain care because they are highly unlikely to survive without a significant amount of resources.


The score is as follows:[3]

Glasgow Coma Scale
GCS Points
15-13 4
12-9 3
8-6 2
5-4 1
3 0
Systolic Blood Pressure
SBP Points
>89 4
76-89 3
50-75 2
1-49 1
0 0
Respiratory Rate
RR Points
10-29 4
>29 3
6-9 2
1-5 1
0 0


  1. ^ Champion HR, Sacco WJ, Carnazzo AJ, Copes W, Fouty WJ (September 1981). "Trauma score".  
  2. ^ Taber, Clarence Wilbur; Venes, Donald (2009). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. F a Davis Co. p. 2366.  
  3. ^ Champion HR, Sacco WJ, Copes WS, Gann DS, Gennarelli TA, Flanagan ME (May 1989). "A revision of the Trauma Score". The Journal of Trauma 29 (5): 623–9.  

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