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Leukocytosis as a Predictor of Severe Injury in Blunt Trauma

Author(s): Santucci, Claudia A | Purcell, Thomas B | Mejia, Carlo

Journal: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
ISSN 1936-900X

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 81;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: blunt trauma | white blood cell count | predicting injury | injury severity | emergency department

Objective: The objective of this study was to determine if the white blood cell count can predict severity of injury in blunt trauma victims.Methods: This was a retrospective study comparing two groups of blunt trauma victims by severity of injury, one with significant injury and one without significant injury, and comparing their initial WBC in the emergency department (ED). We also examined if WBC correlates with degree of injury using Injury Severity Score (ISS) in both groups combined. Further, we examined the WBC as a predictor of serious injury.Results: Our study showed a difference in mean WBC between the two groups that was statistically significant (p

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