Will the Use of Scores Benefit the Individual Patient and Improve Therapy?
Since the introduction of a 10 point scale for newborn infants  in 1953 by Apgar numerous scores and scales have been developed in medicine. A score is an attempt to integrate many different information like blood pressure, heart rate or laboratory data into a single one-dimensional numerical value. The more complex a clinical situation is the more efforts are made to develop and refine score systems. Therefore, many scores for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) have been published.
KeywordsMultiple Organ Failure Glasgow Coma Score Intensive Care Patient Score System Intensive Care Unit Care
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