Today’s VETgirl blog is by Dr. Marie HolowaychukDACVECC. She discusses a multicenter prospective evaluation of dogs with trauma. This blog will review trauma scoring with different scoring systems: animal trauma triage [ATT], modified Glasgow coma scale [MGCS], and acute patient physiologic and laboratory evaluation [APPLE]. More importantly, it’ll review the usefulness of these scoring systems and see if they can predict outcome. Overall, this study found that the severity of injury (e.g., penetrating trauma), along with how low the blood lactate levels were were predictive of survival.

Hall KE, Holowaychuk MK, Sharp CR, et al. Multicenter prospective evaluation of dogs with trauma. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2014;244(3):300-308.

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